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Benn ready for return to site of hilarious holiday memory

Longtime former Dallas Star was compared to cartoon character, wasted little time exacting revenge

by Dan Myers @mnwildscribe / Wild.com

New Wild defenseman Jordie Benn remembers the night well. Maybe too well.

It was Dec. 21, 2015 and Benn's Dallas Stars were in St. Paul for a pre-Christmas matchup with Minnesota. The Wild led 2-0 late in the second period and fans at Xcel Energy Center were in a great mood.

Near the end of a TV timeout, with Benn leaning on the Stars bench, his teammates - as well as almost all of the 19,000 in attendance - began laughing as a photo of Benn and one of Yukon Cornelius, of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" fame, were shown on the video board.

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Wild signs defenseman Jordie Benn to a one-year contract

Benn has recorded 127 points in 556 career games during 10 NHL seasons

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild / Wild.com

ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Wild General Manager Bill Guerin today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed defenseman Jordie Benn to a one-year, $900,000 contract.

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Wild signs forward Mason Shaw to a two-year, two-way contract

Shaw collected 22 points in 30 games with the Iowa Wild last season

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild / Wild.com

ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Wild General Manager Bill Guerin today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed forward Mason Shaw to a two-year, two-way contract ($750,000/$100,000 in 2021-22 and $750,00/$125,000 in 2022-23).

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Wild signs forward Kevin Fiala to a one-year contract

Fiala ranked second in scoring, goals and power-play goals for the Wild last season

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild / Wild.com

ST. PAUL --  Minnesota Wild General Manager Bill Guerin today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed forward Kevin Fiala to a one-year, $5.1 million contract for the 2021-22 season.

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Familiarity, friendly faces help bring Gaudreau to Minnesota

New Wild forward has plenty of experience playing for coach Dean Evason in Milwaukee

by Dan Myers @mnwildscribe / Wild.com

Now 28 years old, and coming off perhaps his most effective - albeit limited - National Hockey League season, new Wild forward Frederick Gaudreau was looking for a chance for continued growth, and to do so with a familiar face in his corner.

He'll get that chance in Minnesota after the forward signed a two-year contract with the Wild on the first day of free agency last month.

Undrafted out of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Gaudreau signed with the Nashville Predators organization, where he began his pro career with the Milwaukee Admirals, and their head coach at the time ... current Wild coach Dean Evason. 

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Wild signs Bitten to one-year, two-way contract

Forward tallied 19 points in 31 games with Iowa last season

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild / Wild.com

ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Wild General Manager Bill Guerin today announced the National Hockey League club has signed forward Will Bitten to a one-year, two-way contract ($840,000/$75,000).

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Kulikov adds much-needed defensive heft to Wild's lineup

Veteran blueliner will add 725 games of NHL experience to club's defensive corps

by Dan Myers @mnwildscribe / Wild.com

ST. PAUL -- Dmitry Kulikov was a named discussed early and often by the Wild front office at the start of free agency on Wednesday morning.

It took some time, and a little patience, but late in the day on Wednesday, the Wild got its man, inking the veteran defenseman to a two-year, $4.5 million contract ($2.25 million AAV).

Kulikov will add some size and a strong defensive presence on the Wild's third pairing for the upcoming season, as Minnesota continues its remodel on the back end.

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Wild agrees to terms with forward Brandon Duhaime on a two-year contract

Duhaime registered nine points in 24 games with the Iowa Wild last season

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild / Wild.com

ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Wild General Manager Bill Guerin today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has agreed to terms with forward Brandon Duhaime on a two-year contract (two-way in 2021-22 for $750,000/$100,000 and one-way in 2022-23 for $750,000).

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Wild agrees to terms with defenseman Jon Merrill on a one-year contract

Merrill recorded five assists and 70 blocked shots in 49 games with Detroit and Montreal last season

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild / Wild.com

ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Wild General Manager Bill Guerin today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has agreed to terms with defenseman Jon Merrill on a one-year, $850,000 contract.

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Wild signs defenseman Kevin Czuczman to one-year, two-way contract

Czuczman spent majority of the 2020-21 season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild / Wild.com

ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Wild General Manager Bill Guerin today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed defenseman Kevin Czuczman to a one-year, two-way contract ($750,000/$200,000).

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