Looking to add some experience and depth to its defensive corps, the Minnesota Wild inked Apple Valley native and former Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mike Lundin
to a one-year contract today.
Lundin comes to the Wild after playing parts of four seasons with the Lightning, including last year when he registered a goal and 11 assists in 69 games and added two helpers in 18 playoff contests.
The native of Burnsville makes his offseason home in the Twin Cities area and is thrilled to make it his year-round home.
"I'm extremely excited," said the 6-foot-1, 195 pounder. "I spend my whole life here pretty much in all the offseasons and hopefully some great seasons, too."
After a stellar career at Apple Valley High School where he was a 2003 Mr. Hockey finalist, the 2003 Associated Press Minnesota hockey Player of the Year and the 2003 Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year, Lundin played four seasons with the Maine Black Bears of Hockey East. His best college season came in his senior year of 2006-07, when he talled six goals and 14 assists in 40 games and was named to the Hockey East Second All-Star Team.
From there, Lundin made the jump straight to the NHL, playing in 81 of 82 games during his rookie season. He then split his next two seasons between Tampa and Norfolk of the American Hockey League before staying with the Lightning all of last season. In his NHL career, the stay-at-home defender has four goals and 29 assists in 224 games.
"Hopefully the numbers will look a little better as I get more comfortable and a little more established in the League," Lundin said of his game. "I figure if you don't notice me and you don't hear much about me then I'm doing my job."
Lundin’s arrival comes after the Wild recently dealt Brent Burns to the San Jose Sharks. He’ll now join a defensive group that is expected to include Nick Schultz, Clayton Stoner
, Greg Zanon and Marek Zidlicky with competition from Jared Spurgeon
, Marco Scandella
, Nate Prosser
, Justin Falk
and potentially others.
The signing of the 26-year-old Lundin marks the first unrestricted free agent signing the Wild has made this summer involving a player from another team. That's not to say the Wild hasn't been busy. It acquired Devin Setoguchi
and two top-end prospects from San Jose in exchange for Brent Burns. After getting Darroll Powe
from Philadelphia in another trade, the Wild picked up Dany Heatley
for Martin Havlat in another swap with San Jose. Add in signings of Josh Harding
, Colton Gillies and others, and it's tough to remember a busier summer in Wild history.