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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Sharks Get Granato

SAN JOSE, California () -- Forward Tony Granato, who underwent surgery in February to remove a blood clot from his brain, signed a one-year contract with the National Hockey League's San Jose Sharks.


Granato, a free agent who played for the Los Angeles Kings last season, got medical clearance Thursday from his own doctor, the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and Dr. Arthur Ting, San Jose's team physician.


"I don't think we would have gone forward and signed Tony if we felt there was any inherent risk involved," Sharks coach Al Sims said.


Granato, 32, had 17 goals and 18 assists in 49 games with the Kings before he slammed headfirst into the boards at Hartford on Jan. 25.


"I went full speed into the boards," he said. "At the time I didn't think it was that big a deal."


He played against the Mighty Ducks two days later, but soon began experiencing severe headaches, dizziness and memory loss.