Friday July 3rd, 2015

The San Jose Sharks signed Washington Capitals forward Joel Ward to a three-year contract on Friday.

The deal is reportedly worth $9.75 million, according to CSN Bay Area's Kevin Kurz

Ward scored 19 goals and 15 assists for the Capitals during the 2014–15 regular season, but was especially instrumental in Washington's postseason run. He led the team in total scoring with nine points (three goals, six assists).

Know for his physical brand of play, the 34-year-old will enter his ninth season in the NHL in 2015. Ward played with Nashville for three seasons before starting a four-year tenure with the Capitals. 

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On Thursday, San Jose stocked up on depth by signing five minor league players. It also signed two assistant coaches to back up head coach Peter DeBoer. 

The move comes 24 hours after Washington itself signed two free agent forwards.

On Thursday, the Capitals traded two players and a draft pick for St. Louis Blues' star T.J. Oshie. About an hour later the team announced the signing of minor league forward Chris Bourque

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