While still reportedly being in the mix to sign Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, the Minnesota Wild signed another free agent on Tuesday as center Jake Dowell has been signed to a two-year deal.
Dowell, 27, had two goals and five assists in 52 games for the Dallas Stars last season and has 33 points (11 goals) in 154 career NHL games spread over five seasons. He set career-highs across the board in 2010-2011 with the Chicago Blackhawks, scoring six goals with 15 assists as he played 79 games. In his four seasons at the University of Wisconsin, Dowell totaled 90 points (42 goals) in 159 games.
Dowell and Suter were teammates in college, are close friends and are also represented by the same agent (Neil Sheehy). Those things may not necessarily give the Wild an upper hand in signing Suter, who has yet to sign and is clearly sought after by plenty of other teams, but they can’t hurt.