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Prosser and Kassian to Stay

The more players General Manager Chuck Fletcher signs, the more optimistic the Wild fans are. Though it may soon be bittersweet, as a fan favorite may no longer have a spot on the roster. Fletcher took over this year as GM and many fans are saying that they believe in five years they will be prepared for a serious Cup run.

Defenseman Nate Prosser grew up in Elk River, MN before deciding to head to the state of 300 days of sunshine and play for Colorado College. He played all four years at CC before signing as a free agent with the Wild. His senior year was 2009-2010, he played 39 games with the Tigers and had 4 goals and 24 assists. When he concluded his year at CC he was unable to go to Houston to play in the AHL. Due to some defensive injuries, he was given a chance to play in the NHL. He played in three games after signing with the Wild and had one assist. This current deal gives him $650,000 for one year and is a two way deal. This allows the Wild to send him down to their AHL team without waivers.

After signing Brad Staubitz there was talk of the Wild not re-signing enforcer (and not much else) Derek Boogaard. He is an Unrestricted Free Agent this year and makes over one million dollars. For a guy who can barely skate, hasn’t scored since 2006, it seems like a hefty price to pay. He has had an assist or four in every year he’s played except  2007 when he had no points, none whatsoever. He hardly gets any ice time and gets rid of the puck the second it comes to him. At least he knows he’s not good. Now that Matt Kassian has been re-signed it’s even more likely they won’t re-sign the ‘Boogey Man’ as Minnesotans call him. Kassian also signed a two way deal for two years. He has played with the Houston Aeros for the past two years. Last year he played 59 games and had two goals and four assists. While he isn’t lighting the lamp up that much, it’s much more than Boogaard has been.

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