Sharks say Thornton knee surgery 'successful'
Los Angeles (AFP) – The NHL’s San Jose Sharks said Tuesday that captain Joe Thornton underwent successful surgery to repair two damaged ligaments in his left knee.
Canada’s Thornton had the procedure on Monday, and the Sharks said he is expected to make a complete recovery and be ready for the start of his 21st NHL campaign.
Thornton’s next season might not be with San Jose, however. He is an unrestricted free agent this off-season, and the operation requires a recovery period of about six months.
The Sharks revealed Thornton’s injuries on Monday after reports surfaced that he played four post-season games against the Edmonton Oilers with a torn anterior cruciate ligament and torn medial collateral ligament.
The 37-year-old, who won the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s Most Valuable Player in 2006, was hurt on April 2 against the Vancouver Canucks. He missed the rest of the regular season games and the first two games against Edmonton.