Minnesota Re-Signs Chad Rau, Stephane Veilleux

By Matt Farland


       The Minnesota Wild has re-signed two players, while making qualifying offers to eight others.  Forwards Chad Rau and Stephane Veilleux are back onboard with new two-way contracts.  Restricted free agents Cody Almond, David McIntyre, Carson McMillan, Nick Palmieri, Jarod Palmer, Chay Genoway, Justin Falk, and Dennis Endras also have offers on the table from Minnesota, though it seems unlikely that Almond will be with the club next year, as the center signed with the Swiss League just last week.  If any of these players choose not to sign before the July 1st deadline, they can begin fielding offers from other teams around the NHL.

       Rau only played in nine games with the Wild last season, but scored two game winning goals against the rival Dallas Stars and the 2010-2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins.  In his 67 games playing for the organization’s AHL affiliate Houston Aeros during 2011-2012, Chad tallied 35 points, with 14 goals and 21 assists.

       Veilleux, a former Minnesota regular, put on a Wild sweater again after being acquired in the Marek Zidlicky trade from the New Jersey Devils late in the season.  He recorded two assists in his 21 games with Minnesota.  Stephane played in just one game for New Jersey, spending most of his time in the organization with the AHL’s Albany Devils.

       Restricted free agents Nick Johnson, Guillaume Latendresse, and Kris Fredheim did not receive qualifying offers from the team.  They can still enter talks with the Wild after the restriction period, as it appears Latendresse will, but that is unlikely for Fredheim and Johnson.

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