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Predators sign forward Joel Ward to two-year contract

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Forward Joe Ward agreed to a two-year deal with the Nashville Predators, the club announced Wednesday.

Ward, who is going into his second full NHL season, signed a two-year, US$3-million contract with Nashville. He had 17 goals and 18 assists in 79 games with the Preds last season.

The 6-1, 220-pound Toronto native was also tied for eighth among NHL forwards in blocked shots (69), and fourth on the club in average short-handed ice time.

Prior to signing with Nashville, Ward spent three seasons in the Minnesota organization, playing 11 NHL games with the Wild in 2006-07.

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