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Wild bring back Falk with one-year, two-way deal

Aug 1, 2014, 10:35 PM EDT

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If we’ve learned anything in free agency this summer it’s that you can go home again.

The Minnesota Wild announced they’ve signed defenseman Justin Falk to a one-year two-way deal. He was a fourth-round pick of the Wild back in 2007.

Last season, Falk was with the New York Rangers where he played in 21 games and had two assists. He did not get in any playoff games for the Rangers on their run to the Stanley Cup Final.

Falk, 25, did spend his first four seasons in the NHL with the Wild and was a big-bodied blue liner to bring into the lineup occasionally. Now that Clayton Stoner left for the lucrative landscape of the Anaheim Ducks, that role was ripe to be filled by an experienced player with knowledge of Mike Yeo’s system. The 6-foot-5, 215 pound Falk fits the bill.

  1. wutangwild - Aug 1, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    Not groundbreaking by any means but he can step up if/when injuries occur and is already familiar with the system. We will have a solid top 4 down in Iowa which should help all of the prospects’ development.

  2. vstar1us - Aug 1, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    Uh

  3. keithballardisagreatdefenseman - Aug 2, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    Decent depth move signing. He’ll probably spend the majority of the season with Iowa, but may see time with the big club for an injury call up or two. Doesn’t hurt to have more depth, especially ones that have experience with the team already.

    Still waiting for Fletch to bring in another D-man. Even though I’m comfortable with the current top-six, it couldn’t hurt to add another gritty, aggressive stay at home defenseman. Johnny Boychuk anyone? We’ll have to wait and see what Fletch is cooking up.

    • wutangwild - Aug 2, 2014 at 1:09 AM

      Our top 4 is pretty much set, but the 3rd pairing is concerning. We have a lot of guys on the verge of stepping into the NHL, it’s just if they are ready. I would like to see Blum and someone else (Folin, Olofsson, maybe Dumba) start next season, with Ballard as 7th D. I just noticed your user name…lol

  4. strictlythedanks - Aug 2, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    Interesting move, Falk does play a very similar physical game to Stoner so he’ll be in the mix for that role no doubt.

    • tlow97 - Aug 2, 2014 at 2:58 AM

      Did Falk all of a sudden learn to use his size to his advantage? Was a pylon last time he was here.

      • strictlythedanks - Aug 2, 2014 at 12:13 PM

        I seem to recall him throwing his weight around…… Maybe not as effectively as stoner but still both of them fans considered “pylons”

      • strictlythedanks - Aug 2, 2014 at 1:34 PM

        there he is using his size…. (thats about all he can do)

        I’m not saying hes going to be a major piece to this team by any strech but its not like the wild have many big hard hitting defenseman. Hopefully Folin can come in and be a hard hitter that also contributes offensively.

  5. guitarhunterdude - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    I sure hope he likes Des Moines, because chances are slim he’ll see time in the big leagues.

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