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Minnesota inks Veilleux to an extension

Jun 12, 2013, 4:59 PM EST

Stephane Veilleux #19 of the Minnesota Wild checks Johnny Oduya #27 of the Chicago Blackhawks into the boards during the first period of Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Xcel Energy Center on May 5, 2013 in St Paul, Minnesota.
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31-year-old forward Stephane Veilleux wasn’t able to crack the Minnesota Wild’s roster during the 2013 regular season, but he’s decided stick with the organization.

The Wild announced that they have signed Veilleux to a two-year, two-way contract.

For five straight campaigns, Veilleux logged at least 71 games per season, primarily as a bottom-six forward. That trend was broken in 2011-12 and this year he didn’t play for Minnesota until its first-round series against the Chicago Blackhawks. Veilleux had no points and six hits in two playoff contests.

He has 46 goals, 55 assists, and 317 penalty minutes in 460 career NHL games. The 2001 third-round draft pick also ranks eighth in Minnesota’s franchise history in terms of games played and is 10th on the team’s all-time penalty minutes list.

  1. profsudz - Jun 12, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    YES!

  2. getadealdonealready - Jun 12, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    This move is a bit curious, if he couldn’t find ice in a shortened season, I have a hard time seeing how he gets ice in a regular season.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:49 AM

      2 words:

      Iowa Wild

  3. nolockoutpricks - Jun 12, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    great energy and knows his role plus on a two way contract. he might play a lot. i guess we will see what fletch does this off season. not much cap space and good to have a guy like him to call up and down throughout the season

  4. northstarnic - Jun 12, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Lord Stanley here we come!

  5. homegrowntalentmn - Jun 12, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    Can’t believe this cracked the PHT. Go wild

  6. profsudz - Jun 12, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Not the most Veilleuseless move that could be made, but I didn’t have to change my undies or anything after hearing this news

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