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Joel Ward of Sharks recovering from shoulder surgery

San Jose forward expected to be ready for next season

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San Jose Sharks forward Joel Ward had shoulder surgery after the season and is expected to be ready for training camp in September, general manager Doug Wilson said Friday.

Ward, 36, had 29 points (10 goals, 19 assists) in 78 games for San Jose this season, and four points (one goal, three assists) in a six-game loss to the Edmonton Oilers in the Western Conference First Round. He had 43 points (21 goals, 22 assists) last season to help the Sharks reach the Stanley Cup Final.

"Joel was dealing with a minor shoulder injury last season and, once the season ended, had a choice to either rehab the injury or to have a surgical procedure," Wilson said. "Joel opted to proceed with the surgical procedure, which was completed successfully, and he is expected to be ready for the start of the 2017 season."

Ward has 292 points (128 goals, 164 assists) in 674 NHL games during 10 seasons with the Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators, Washington Capitals and Sharks.

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