Report: Sharks place Joe Thornton on injured reserve

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San Jose Sharks centre Joe Thornton. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

San Jose Sharks centre Joe Thornton has been placed on injured reserve after experiencing swelling in his surgically repaired knee, according to Paul Gackle of the San Jose Mercury News.

The 39-year-old Thornton battled injuries most of last season, dressing in just 47 games, his lowest total since the 2005-06 season.

According to Sharks head coach Pete DeBoer, Thornton’s move to the IR was done for precautionary reasons. The earliest the veteran centre could return is on Sunday, Oct. 14 against the New Jersey Devils.

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