Friday morning, the Montreal Canadiens announced that former Capital Joel Ward was offered a professional tryout with the club.
The 37-year-old is coming off a three year, $9.825 million contract with the San Jose Sharks.
The Canadiens have invited forward Joel Ward to take part in their training camp on a professional tryout.
— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) September 14, 2018
A professional tryout does not guarantee Ward a spot on the Habs roster, but will give him an opportunity to play in the preseason. The Big Cheese will fight for a depth right wing spot on the Canadiens with Charles Hudon, Joel Armia, and Byron Froese.
In late August and still a free agent, Ward told The Score that he hadn’t thought about playing overseas or retiring.
“I think we’re all fighting for contracts, for sure, so I think the main thing is to stay patient and just be ready,” Ward said at BioSteel Camp.
The tryout will reunite Ward with former Capital Karl Alzner, who left Washington in 2017.
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BROSSARD – The Canadiens announced on Friday that they had invited forward Joel Ward to training camp on a professional tryout basis.
Ward played 52 games for the San Jose Sharks last season, recording five goals and seven assists.
The 37-year-old was undrafted, but has played 726 NHL games with the Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators, Washington Capitals, and Sharks, recording 304 points (133G, 171A) in 11 seasons.
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