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Joe Thornton of Sharks has surgery on left knee

37-year-old center expected to be ready for start of next season @NHLdotcom

San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton had surgery Monday to repair a torn MCL and ACL in his left knee.

Thornton, who was injured April 2 against the Vancouver Canucks, is expected to be ready for the start of the 2017-18 season, the Sharks said Tuesday.

Thornton, 37, missed the final three games of the regular season and the first two games of the Stanley Cup Playoffs because of the injury. He returned for Game 3 of the Western Conference First Round against the Edmonton Oilers on April 16. Thornton had two assists in four games, but San Jose was eliminated with a 4-2 series loss.

Thornton, who can become an unrestricted free agent July 1, had 50 points (seven goals, 43 assists) in 79 games this season.

Acquired by the Sharks in a trade with the Boston Bruins on Nov. 30, 2005, Thornton has 1,391 points (384 goals, 1,007 assists) in 1,446 NHL games. He has 937 points (215 goals, 722 assists) in 914 games with San Jose.

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