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Chris Stewart agrees to contract with Wild

Forward played in Minnesota during 2014-15 season @NHLdotcom

Forward Chris Stewart agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the Minnesota Wild on Friday.

Stewart, 28, had eight goals and 20 points in 56 regular-season games with the Anaheim Ducks last season and one goal and two assists in seven Stanley Cup Playoff games. In eight seasons with the Ducks, Colorado Avalanche, St. Louis Blues, Buffalo Sabres and Wild, Stewart has 137 goals, 284 points and 608 penalty minutes in 519 games. 

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He played with the Wild in 2014-15, scoring three goals and eight assists in 20 games after he was traded from the Sabres.

"For me, that's kind of where I wanted to be, was Minnesota, for sure," Stewart told the Wild website. "Especially with my experience before that I had in Minnesota, it was a first-class organization. The boys were great, down to the training staff. They took care of you. It was first-class. On top of that, them being a team who's on the cusp, who's trying to get over the hump, and do some damage, and win a Stanley Cup, win now, that's where I am in my career. It made the most sense."

New Wild coach Bruce Boudreau coached Stewart with the Ducks last season.

"The one thing I was impressed with him last year was how good of a team guy he was," Boudreau said. "He stood up for everybody. Anybody that was picked on, he would go right up to them and he knew how to handle it for us. And he can play."

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