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Report: Minnesota signs Brett Clark

Mar 13, 2013, 10:10 AM EDT

Brett Clark #7 of the Tampa Bay Lightning skates against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center on December 23, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Avalanche defeated the Lightning 2-1 in overtime.
(December 22, 2011 - Source: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

The Minnesota Wild have added some defensive depth by signing 36-year-old Brett Clark, according to Minneapolis Star Tribune writer Michael Russo’s sources.

Clark still needs to pass a physical, but could join the team on Thursday.

The veteran defenseman has played in 681 career NHL games with the Montreal Canadiens, Atlanta Thrashers, Colorado Avalanche, and Tampa Bay Lightning. Last season he had 15 points in 82 games.

Clark has surpassed the 30-point mark three times in his career and isn’t afraid to put his body in the line of fire. Last season he ranked second in the NHL with 199 blocked shots.

Russo speculated that the Wild will probably use him as a sixth or seventh defenseman.

  1. ad0330 - Mar 13, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    Interesting. Need to get stronger on D?

  2. mnwildfan15 - Mar 13, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    So we open a roster spot just to sign a d man when we need a scorer? Come on Chuckles

    • illogic87 - Mar 13, 2013 at 1:22 PM

      I’m sure if there were a good “scorer” available to sign he would have. Slim pickings out there!

  3. smithkey - Mar 13, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    There is a reason this guy has not been in the NHL this season. He was absolutely horrible last season for the Bolts. If I had a dollar for every time the puck skipped over his stick and out of the zone on the power play last season I would buy some tacos.

  4. mp1131211 - Mar 14, 2013 at 5:22 AM

    Actually, I think D is exactly what the Wild needs right now. Settaguchi is hot. Parise, Heatley and koivu are delivering. Getting another solid defenseman would be great.

    Now, I don’t know if THIS guy is gonna give us that…..

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