The Wild has signed veteran defenseman Brett Clark to a one-year deal, NHL sources say. He will be in town today to take his physical. If he passes, he will join the Wild tomorrow.
Excerpt of my updated blog after 1 a.m.:
The 36-year-old free agent, who you may remember as a longtime Colorado Avalanche, has been nearly a point-a-game player for AHL Oklahoma City since the lockout.
He has one goal and 16 assists in 18 games and is plus-7. By all accounts, he has been very good. He played the past two years for Tampa Bay, playing 82 games each year and scoring nine goals in 2010-11. He has 45 goals and 185 points in 681 games over parts of 13 years with four NHL teams.
From watching him over the years, he's a good shot blocker and decent puck mover.
Wild's next two games are against Colorado, coincidentally enough, if Clark is to debut.
I have not talked with the Wild yet about signing Clark, but my guess is it's to provide depth and experience on the NHL roster. If he were to go to Houston, he would have to be placed on waivers.
Wild signs veteran defenseman Brett Clark
Minneapolis Star Tribune | Mar 13