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Wild signs RW Antti Miettinen

by Staff Writer / Minnesota Wild
SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed right wing Antti Miettinen (AN-tee, mih-EHT-tih-nehn) to a multi-year contract.


"Antti will add speed to our lineup, score goals and compete hard, a combination that will mesh well with our team identity," said Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough. "And he's just 28-years-old. His best hockey is ahead of him."

Miettinen, who turned 28 today (7/3/80), skated in 69 games with the Dallas Stars in 2007-08, totaling a career-high 15 goals and 34 points (15-19=34) while averaging 13:59 time on ice. He tied a career-high with two goals against the Wild on Jan. 7. The 6-foot, 190-pound native of Hameenlinna, Finland, has posted 91 points (38-53=91) and 118 penalty minutes (PIM) in 238 games in four seasons with the Stars. In 2006-07, he finished third on the Dallas roster with 145 hits.

Selected to play for Finland in the 2006 Olympics, Miettinen did not participate due to injury. He was named the Finnish Elite League Player of the Year with HPK Hameenlinna in 2002-03 after recording 50 points (25-25=50) in 53 games.

Miettinen was Dallas’ seventh-round pick (No. 224 overall) in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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