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Sunday, July 6, 2008

Nolan signs with Wild

From Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune:

Wild has signed veteran Owen Nolan to a two-year, $5.5 million deal.

Read more on the Wild here.

Somewhat of a surprise signing by the Wild. The team is in need of some help up-the-middle but has decided to first secure the services of the veteran winger Nolan. To be honest, I'm not sure how productive Nolan will be next season, never mind two seasons from now. The former Flame has clearly lost a step and wasn't very productive for Calgary last season. He ended the season with 16 goals and 16 assists in 77 games and didn't resemble the intimidating power-forward he was during his prime.

Put it this way, if Darryl Sutter (a big Nolan fan) doesn't make a significant effort to sign Nolan, then I'd be skeptical about his production next season.

Ballhype: hype it up!

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