The Minnesota Wild's front office was quite busy on Sunday afternoon as free agency surged on, as the team signed a pair of forwards, Zenon Konopka and Torrey Mitchell, to multi-year contracts.
The #mnwild has signed forwards Zenon Konopka & Torrey Mitchell to multi-year deals. We submitted contract offers to them too.— Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) July 1, 2012
Minnesota also utilized Sunday afternoon to submit offers to highly-touted free agents Zach Parise (New Jersey) and Ryan Suter (Nashville), but made the move to add the two forwards for a respectable price tag according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune's Michael Russo:
Confirmed: Torrey Mitchell, 3-years at $1.9 per. Fast, physical; You know him from the Kurtis Foster incident; good buds with Seto— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) July 1, 2012
Konopka's deal is 2 years at $925K per year #mnwild— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) July 1, 2012
The 31-year-old Konopka has been one of the most penalized players in hockey during his tenure, and led the NHL in penalty minutes during the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons. Mitchell, formerly a fourth round selection by the San Jose Sharks in 2004, has tallied 73 points in 280 games as mostly a fourth-line player in his career.
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