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Boogaard signs With Minnesota

from the Minnesota Wild,

Minnesota Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has re-signed left wing Derek Boogaard to a multi-year contract.
“Derek’s development is a testament to his dedication, discipline and the emphasis he places on team above individual,” said Risebrough.  “Through his style of play and his personality he has made himself a valued player and person in the organization.”

added 7:22pm, via the Star Tribune,

The Wild signed left wing Derek Boogaard to a three-year, $2.63 million contract Wednesday, avoiding an arbitration hearing that was scheduled for Monday.

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Sean Hill Finally Speaks Up

From Michael Russo at the Star-Tribune,

So desperate to prove his innocence and salvage his reputation, Sean Hill has taken a lie detector test and given blood at an independent lab.
The veteran NHL defenseman claims he has passed both tests and has no idea how boldenone, an anabolic steroid mostly used for treatment of horses, was found in his system following a Feb. 16 drug test.
Friday, minutes after signing a one-year contract with the Wild, the 37-year-old Duluth native talked for the first time about becoming the first player to test positive for a banned substance in the NHL’s performance- enhancing drug program.
“I had no idea what it even was when they called me,” said Hill, who has 19 games remaining on the 20-game suspension he received before the New York Islanders’ first-round playoff elimination game April 20. “I immediately asked to be retested, but they said they don’t do that. ... They said, ‘If we have the science, there’s not much you can do.’ “

continued…

*Previously on Kukla’s, the Minnesota Wild’s official statement

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Sean Hill Signing Official

via the Minnesota Wild,

Minnesota Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed free agent defenseman Sean Hill to a 2007-08 contract.
As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
The NHL suspended Hill for 20 games on April 20, 2007 for violating the terms of the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program.  He will miss the first 19 games of the 2007-08 season after serving one game of the suspension in 2006-07, sitting out Game 5 of the Islanders Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against Buffalo. 

MINNESOTA WILD STATEMENT ON SEAN HILL’S SUSPENSION

Sean tested positive for the anabolic steroid boldenone during a league screening last season. Sean acknowledges the use of a testosterone booster for which he was issued a therapeutic-use exemption by the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program Committee. We have talked to Sean at length, and he denies knowingly taking any banned performance-enhancing substance. We also researched the situation and the substance Sean tested positive for and found that boldenone can be ingested inadvertently through health supplements and foods. We cannot determine the source of Sean’s test failure. However, we believe Sean did not knowingly take any banned performance-enhancing substance.

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Pierre-Marc Bouchard Stays With Wild

via the Minnesota Wild,

Minnesota Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has re-signed forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard to a 2007-08 contract.

added 6:55pm, According to Russo’s Rants, $2.6M.

 

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Wild Lineup Just About Set

from the Pioneer Press,

“I think we have one more (move) we’re looking at, and we’ll see how it plays out,” general manager Doug Risebrough said, “but for the most part we’re pretty much done.”
The Wild are looking into signing veteran defenseman Sean Hill, but complications surrounding his 20-game suspension have made it a slow process. Hill tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance late last season and still has to sit out 19 games.
An announcement could come today, but in either case, don’t expect a major move in what has been a relatively quiet offseason for the Wild, whose biggest move was to trade goalie Manny Fernandez to Boston for a prospect and a fourth-round draft pick.

more on the Wild…

added 8:11pm, from the Star Tribune,

The contract is stuck in a holding pattern, Wild assistant GM Tom Lynn said Wednesday, because the team is awaiting answers to a number of questions it has posed to the league office regarding the 19 games Hill has left to serve on his 20-game suspension for becoming the first NHL player to violate the league’s drug policy.
“This might take a while,” Lynn said. “It’s a holiday [Wednesday], and I don’t know how long it’ll take to get answers from a league that doesn’t want to prejudge things. So it makes it hard for us to make a decision.

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Wild Re-Sign Walz

via the Minnesota Wild,

Minnesota Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has re-signed center Wes Walz to a 2007-08 contract.
As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

added 6:12pm, Link to story at Wild site…

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Wild Sign Nolan Schaefer

via the Minnesota Wild,

Minnesota Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed free agent goaltender Nolan Schaefer to a multi-year contract.
“Nolan is a young goaltender with a strong record in the minor leagues and some experience in the NHL, and has great potential to become a full-time NHL goaltender,” said Assistant General Manager/Hockey Operations Tom Lynn.

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Eric Belanger to the Minnesota Wild

RDS is reporting that Eric Belanger has been signed by the Minnesota Wild for $5.2 million over 3 years.
(English Google translation here.)

Update 5:15pm ET

The Wild still haven’t provided a press release confirming this, but Radio-Canada, which RDS indicates is the original source of this story, has a quote from Belanger himself confirming the deal. (*using the translation tool again):

“I am really glad to join the Wild”, affirms Bélanger. “Jacques Lemaire and Doug Risebrough intend to make me play on one of the first two lines. I intend to seize my chance.”

Update 5:35pm ET: TSN provides that the deal is specifically $5.25 million.

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Idiot-Proofing the NHL

More from Michael Russo at the Star-Tribune,

Back in 2004-05, when I was writing fun things about third-string Dolphins linemen blowing out their knees and being assigned stuff such as Tonya Harding’s prizefight against a transvestite, people would say to me, “Boy, you must be going nuts during the lockout.”
I replied, “Yeah, but the good news is they’ll idiot-proof the NHL’s economic system, stop the owners from spending recklessly and the league will live long and prosper.”
Well, this NHL writer learned a lot in these first few days of free agency, such as, you can’t idiot-proof the system when idiots are at the controls.

continued… *requires registration, unfortunately

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Sean Hill Close to Signing in Minnesota

From Michael Russo at the Star Tribune,

Multiple sources confirmed Monday night that the Wild is close to signing the 37-year-old Duluth native to a one-year, incentive-laden contract.
Reached at his North Carolina home, Hill said, “We’ve definitely had talks and we’re getting there, but at this point, I don’t want to say anything more and jinx it. But things are moving along good and it’s been very positive.”
In April, Hill, at the end of a strong season for the Islanders, became the first player to be suspended under the NHL’s drug policy. He appealed the automatic 20-game suspension, but the suspension was upheld.

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