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Wild Re-Sign James Sheppard

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From Russo on Twitter:

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#mnwild re-signs James Sheppard to one-year, $841,500 deal. Q and A with Fletcher on Sheppard qualifying offer on startribune.com/russo

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Followed quickly by:

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Correction on Sheppard's deal: It's actually $803,250, not $841,500. We regret the error :)

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This will not come as welcome news to Wild fans, though it was to be expected. NHL teams rarely let restricted free agents walk for nothing. $803K is not a horrible contract for him, and is within the lower limits of a basic qualifying offer for a RFA in the NHL.

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Sheppard is very likely on his last leg with GM Chuck Fletcher judging from the first of many great quotes on Russo's blog right now:

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Russo: What do you expect from him?

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Fletcher: "Just to get better."

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In other words: Suck less.

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Sorry Wild fans. He's back.

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