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Wild agree to terms with defenseman Jon Merrill

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Wild agreed to terms Thursday with defenseman Jon Merrill on a one-year, $850,000 contract, the third veteran they've added to the blue line in free agency.

The 29-year-old Merrill had five assists and 70 blocked shots in 49 games last season, with the Detroit Red Wings and Montreal Canadiens. He was traded from the Red Wings in April to the Canadiens, who used the Oklahoma City native in 13 postseason games during their run to the Stanley Cup finals.

Merrill has 12 goals, 54 assists, 364 hits and 507 blocked shots in 405 career NHL games. The Wild will be his fifth team. He joins Alex Goligoski and Dmitry Kulikov as free agent defensemen additions, after the Wild bought out Ryan Suter, lost Carson Soucy in the expansion draft and let Ian Cole leave as a free agent.

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Leaders
Points: K. Kaprizov51
Plus/Minus: C. Soucy22
Shots on Goal: K. Fiala162
PIM: C. Soucy51
Win: C. Talbot19
Shutouts: K. Kahkonen2
Offense (Rank)
Goals: 180 (8)
Shots: 1585 (28)
PP%: 17.6% (24)
Penalty Minutes: 498 (12)
Assists: 292 (13)
SH Goals: 2 (27)
Standings
Central
  W L OTL Pts
xy-Carolina 36 12 8 80
x-Florida 37 14 5 79
x-Tampa Bay 36 17 3 75
x-Nashville 31 23 2 64
Dallas 23 19 14 60
Chicago 24 25 7 55
Detroit 19 27 10 48
Columbus 18 26 12 48
Full Standings
 
Defense (Rank)
Goals Against: 159 (17)
Shots Against: 1705 (15)
PK%: 80.7% (12)
Penalty Minutes: 500 (8)
Shutouts: 4 (16)
Sv%: 0.907 (13)
Injuries
Date Player Status
No Recent Injuries
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
7/29 B. Duhaime Re-Signed Two-year, two-way contract
7/29 J. Merrill Signed as Free Agent One-year contract
7/29 K. Czuczman Signed as Free Agent One-year, two-way contract
7/28 L. Belpedio Became Unrestricted Free Agent
7/28 I. Cole Became Unrestricted Free Agent
7/28 I. McCoshen Became Unrestricted Free Agent
7/28 L. Johnson Became Unrestricted Free Agent
7/28 N. Bonino Became Unrestricted Free Agent
7/28 M. Bartkowski Became Unrestricted Free Agent
7/28 D. Sokolov Became Unrestricted Free Agent Not tendered a qualifying offer
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