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Wild shore up defense by signing Ballard, Spurgeon

Updated: July 5, 2013, 8:28 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- With precious little space left under the salary cap, the Minnesota Wild were looking for another experienced, puck-moving defenseman.

Keith Ballard was seeking a fresh start, and thus the match was made.

The Wild signed Ballard to a two-year, $3 million contract on Friday and also re-signed defenseman Jared Spurgeon to a three-year, $8 million contract.

Minnesota wasn't done yet shaking up its roster. The Wild freed up salary-cap space by trading forward ...

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