NHL Free Agency: Minnesota Wild Sign Torrey Mitchell and Zenon Konopka

By Brad Berreman

As free agency got underway across the NHL on Sunday, the Minnesota Wild are reported to have submitted contract offers to the two biggest fish on the market, Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, and have to be considered in the mix for both guys as they likely made significant financial offers.

The Wild did sign two players on Sunday, both centers, as Torrey Mitchell (three years, $5.7 million) and Zenon Konopka (two years, $1.850 million) were both brought into the fold.

Mitchell is 27 years old and has spent his first four NHL seasons with the San Jose Sharks. He had nine goals and 10 assists in 76 games for the Sharks last season. Mitchell’s career high in goals is 10 as a rookie in 2007-2008 and his career-best assist total is 14, which came during the 2010-2011 season.

Kenopka has played parts of seven NHL seasons, seeing time with the Anaheim Ducks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Islanders and most recently the Ottawa Senators. He has totaled just 27 points as an NHL player, but did lead the league in penalty minutes for two consectutive seasons in 2009-2010 with the Lightning (265 PIM) and 2010-2011 with the Islanders (307 PIM). The Wild be Kenopka’s fourth team in as many seasons when the 2012-2013 season gets going, and he is 31 years old.

Mitchell and Konopka will bring some toughness to the the third and fourth lines for the Wild, which is something head coach Mike Yeo covets. But they, barring something out of nowhere, will not add much to a Wild offense that still needs to add some scoring punch.

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