Wild bring in Madden

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, Last Updated: 3:42 PM ET

ST. PAUL, Min. -- The Minnesota Wild on Friday agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent forward John Madden on a one-year contract.

Financial terms of the deal were not released.

Madden, one of the better defensive forwards and face-off men in the league, spent last season with the Chicago Blackhawks, posting 10 goals with 23 points in 79 regular-season games. He added one goal and one assist in 22 playoff tilts for the Stanley Cup champions.

Prior to that, the 37-year-old Barrie, Ont., native spent nine-plus seasons (1998-2004; 2005-09) with the New Jersey Devils, winning a pair of Stanley Cups in 2000 and 2003.

"It's not every day you can add a three-time Stanley Cup winner to your roster," said Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher. "Not only does John add depth at the centre position, but he also brings character and a winning tradition to the locker room."

A Selke Trophy winner in 2001, Madden was an undrafted free agent out of the University of Michigan, where he was part of the Wolverines' 1996 NCAA title.

Over 791 career games with the Devils and Blackhawks, Madden has collected 150 goals and 320 points. In 134 playoff tilts, he's tallied 21 goals with 43 points.


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