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Wild Re-Sign Veilleux, 1 Year

Minnesota Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has re-signed left wing Stephane Veilleux to a 2008-09 contract.

And from Michael Russo, more details:

The Wild has avoided a Monday arbitration hearing by re-signing left wing Stephane Veilleux to a one-year, $737,500 contract, which includes a $125,000 signing bonus. This is roughly what Veilleux would have received from an arbitrator.

 

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Wild Prepare Long Term Contract Offer For Gaborik

from Russo’s Rants,

Wild is busy working on its restricted free agents and getting ready to make Marian Gaborik a long-term extension offer, probably in the neighborhood of $8.5 million per season.

more on Minnesota…

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Wild Picking Up The Scraps

from Patrick Reusse of the Star Tribune,

Risebrough was in the bargain basement’s hockey section, up to his elbows in the squalor of stinking pads and broken sticks, trying to find bodies that he could pass off to his team’s gullible consumers as real players.

In several instances, Risebrough was required to place a mirror under the individual’s nostrils to make sure he still was breathing. This did not prevent the boss from suggesting the Wild was a better team with these scraps than with Brian Rolston and Pavol Demitra.

Double-Talking Doug operates with a motto that has served him extremely well in St. Paul: “You can fool some of the people some of the time, and you can fool all of the Wild fans all of the time.”

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Wild Sign Nolan

Minnesota Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough tonight announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed forward Owen Nolan to a multi-year contract.
     
“Owen Nolan is a true power winger who can score goals, play a physical brand, play either wing and take face-offs,” said Risebrough. “We are excited to add a player of his experience and versatility.”

Russo’s Rants reports 2 year deal for $5.5M

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Morrison May Make Decision Next Week

from Russo’s Rants,

As I’ve been reporting since July 1, the Wild has an offer in on the Vancouver Canucks unrestricted free agent (Brendan Morrison). The two sides have talked a lot.

He is expected to make a decision early next week, and I can tell you, the Wild has no clue which way he’s leaning. The offer is there. It’s up to him.

more on Morrison and the Wild…

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Minnesota Signs Antti Miettinen

From Michael Russo at Russo’s Rants,

Wild isn’t confirming, but I heard from them a couple hours ago that there would be a smaller signing this afternoon. While the team doesn’t have a signed contract yet for Miettinen, this appears to be it.

Update 4:30pm ET: At the above link, Russo says this is now confirmed by the team.

Update 6:58pm ET: TSN states the contract is 3 years.

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Minnesota Re-Signs Kurtis Foster

via press release:

Minnesota Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has re-signed defenseman Kurtis Foster to a 2008-09 contract.

Update 4:48pm ET: Michael Russo notes that Foster’s salary is $1.025 million for the season.

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Wild Update

from Russo’s Rants,

It has been confirmed to me by Kristian Huselius’ agent, Don Meehan, that the Wild is pursuing the free-agent left wing and the two sides will speak again Wednesday. Huselius has got a ton of skill and was nearly traded to Minnesota in 2005-06.

more on the Wild… (note, Russo’s Rants has been having some issues but appears to be back up)

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Wild Signs Brunette to Multi-Year Deal & Acquire Zidlicky

From Michael Russo at Russo’s Rants,

WILD HAS SIGNED ANDREW BRUNETTE TO A MULTI-YEAR DEAL AND HAS ACQUIRED DEFENSEMAN MAREK ZIDLICKY, A QUALITY OFFENSIVE DEFENSEMAN, FOR RYAN JONES AND A 2009 SECOND-ROUND PICK

Note: Sorry about the all-caps. Russo is shouting. smile

Update 1:33pm ET: Zidlicky also confirmed on TSN:

Nashville trades defenceman Marek Zidlicky to Minnesota for prospect Ryan Jones from Miami of Ohio and a second round pick. Details to follow.

Update 1:42pm ET: Link at TSN now available. TSN also confirming Brunette deal via SMS updates.(2:07pm ET)

Update 2:54pm ET: Russo updates his post to say Brunette has been signed to a “three-year $7million deal.”

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Will The Wild Spend

from John Shipley of the Pioneer Press,

Though the Wild have roughly $35 million committed to 14 players next season, well below the $56.7 million salary cap, that cap space is deceiving — for several reasons.

First, a substantial chunk of that will go to restricted free agents Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Stephane Veilleux and Kurtis Foster — maybe as much as $6 million if Bouchard isn’t traded. Second, general manager Doug Risebrough doesn’t plan to spend all the way to the cap.

“It’s not that I don’t want to spend up to the cap. The question is, is it worth it in this climate?” Risebrough said Monday. “In this climate, (top) guys are going to get their money. The cap is going up, but I don’t see the quality of free agents.”

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