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Wild sign Peters, Bagnall

Friday, 07.02.2010 / 2:56 PM / NHL Free Agency 2010

NHL.com

The Minnesota Wild signed center Warren Peters to a two-year contract and defenseman Drew Bagnall to a one-year contract Friday. Both players signed two-way contracts.
 
"We are excited about the quality depth Warren and Drew bring to the organization," Houston Aeros General Manager/Minnesota Wild Assistant to the General Manager Jim Mill said. "Both players are not only coming off career years, but they exhibit great leadership both on and off the ice."
 
Peters, 27, split time during the 2009-10 season between the Dallas Stars and AHL Texas Stars. The 6-foot, 201-pound native of Saskatoon, Sask., tallied 1 goal and two penalty minutes (PIM) in 11 games with Dallas and recorded a career-high 34 points (20-14--34) and 52 PIM in 61 games with Texas. Peters was also an alternate captain with the Texas Stars and helped the team reach the Calder Cup Finals.

Bagnall, 26, captained the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL in 2009-10, tying a career high with 12 points (1-11--12) and adding 113 (PIM) in 58 games. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound native of Oakbank, Mtb., added three assists and 21 PIM in 16 playoff games last season. Bagnall, who has totaled 30 points (3-27=30) and 378 PIM in 191 games during three seasons in the AHL, was originally selected by Dallas in the sixth round (No. 195 overall) of the 2003 Entry Draft.

It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery