Sharks sign Joel Ward, Blues re-sign Jake Allen, Blackhawks retain Andrew Desjardins, Michael Del Zotto opts for arbitration and more. 

Joel Ward inks three-year deal with the Sharks.

Joel Ward inks three-year deal with the Sharks.

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: The San Jose Sharks yesterday signed right wing Joel Ward to a three-year deal worth $9.825 million.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ward’s new deal is worth an average annual salary of $3.275 million, which is a slight bump over the $3 million he earned per season on his previous contract. Ward’s a physical winger with a decent scoring touch who always seems to step up his game in the postseason. He should prove a good addition to the Sharks. 

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH: The Blues re-signed goaltender Jake Allen to a two-year, $4.7 million deal.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The Blackhawks re-signed center Andrew Desjardins to a two-year contract worth $800K per season.

NBC SPORTS: The Buffalo Sabres inked defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo to a one-year, $900K deal.

COURIER-POST ONLINE: Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Michael Del Zotto has filed for salary arbitration. Contract talks between Del Zotto and the Flyers are ongoing.

SPORTSNET: Forward Andrei Kostitsyn, who spent the past three seasons in the KHL, is hoping an NHL club will take a chance on him.