ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Wild re-signed popular enforcer Derek Boogaard of Saskatoon on Wednesday to a multi-year deal.
The six-foot-seven Boogaard had one assist and 120 penalty minutes for the Wild last season, worrying very little about scoring while patrolling the ice to look after his smaller teammates.
The 25-year-old Canadian played in 48 games last season and led the Wild with 20 penalty minutes in their first-round playoff defeat to Anaheim. With the Ducks pushing and shoving the smaller Wild players all over the ice in the series, and Brad May giving defenceman Kim Johnsson a concussion with a hit from behind in Game 4, Boogaard stalked the ice looking for a fight that never came, much to the delight of the home crowd.
"Derek's development is a testament to his dedication, discipline and the emphasis he places on team above individual," general manager Doug Risebrough said in a statement. "Through his style of play and his personality he has made himself a valued player and person in the organization."
Next season will be Boogaard's third with the Wild.