Wild Continue Winning the Marek Zidlicky Trade By Re-Signing Stephane Veilleux

Once again the Minnesota Wild get a chance to boast about the Marek Zidlicky trade by announcing Wednesday that the team is re-signing forward Stephane Veilleux to a two-year, two-way contract.

The 31 year-old continues his second stint with the Wild. Veilleux was drafted by Minnesota in 2001 (3rd round, 93rd overall), spending six seasons with the team, before stints in Tampa Bay and New Jersey.

"I am really excited to sign two years with the organization that drafted me," Veilleux told Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "I am really proud of the hard work and commitment that I have put into my career. The biggest thing is I get to play where my heart is."

Minnesota re-acquired Veilleux from the Devils in 2012 as part of the Marek Zidlicky trade. The Wild received a 2nd round pick (used on Raphael Bussieres), conditional 3rd (#70 this year), Kurtis Foster and Veilleux. New Jersey received a disgruntled defenseman and help for a Prince of Wales Trophy.

Zidlicky does shoot more than his mouth. The 36 year-old defenseman scored 19 points (4G-15A) in 48 games this season while leading the Devils blue line in shot attempts. He is an unrestricted free agent this summer after completing a three year, $12 million contract with only one trade request granted.

Re-signing Veilleux, who scored 8 points (3G-5A) in 33 regular season games for the Houston Aeros (AHL) last season, is a depth move. Keeping him gives Minnesota veteran leadership for the team's minor league affiliate now in Des Moines, Iowa.

At the same time, he can be used as a change of energy in the Wild's bottom-six. That was the case this past season when Minnesota called Veilleux to play in a pair of postseason games - two more than Marek Zidlicky did this season - against the Chicago Blackhawks.

It is a low-risk depth move either way.

The 31 year-old  forward will make $1.15 million if he is in the NHL ($600K in Year 1 and $575K in Year 2). Veilleux will make less - a minimum of $175K - in the AHL.

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