Wild re-sign defenseman Burns to two-year deal

Updated: July 10, 2006, 2:27 PM ET
Associated Press

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Minnesota Wild

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2006 SEASON STATISTICS
GM G A PTS +/- PIM
72 4 12 16 -7 32

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Brent Burns to a two-year, $1.65 million contract on Monday.

Burns, 21, skated in a career-high 72 games for Minnesota last season, averaging 14-plus minutes of ice time, scoring four goals and tallying 12 assists. He will make $775,000 in 2006-07 and $875,000 in 2007-08.

The 6-foot-4, 210-pound native of Ontario, who was the Wild's first-round draft pick in 2003, has bounced back and forth between right wing and defense in his two NHL seasons.

After a flurry of free-agent signings last week, Minnesota's roster is nearly filled. The Wild have two unrestricted free agents who aren't yet signed, forwards Pascal Dupuis and Mikko Koivu.


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