I know many of you are already enjoying your 4th of July weekend, but I'm taking in a Twins game tomorrow before I get to experience the cabin life on Sunday, so I thought I'd update you on free agency. Chuck Fletcher was busy today adding depth to the Wild, signing C Warren Peters and D Drew Bagnall. Both players are coming off of career years, and seem to fit the leadership and character role Fletch is trying to capture. Peters signs on for two years, and Bagnall signs for one, both contracts are two-way.
Wild.com makes it appear as if Peters and Bagnall will likely be spending the majority of the season with the Aeros in the AHL. After a disappointing season for the Aeros, these new additions show some promise for the upcoming season.
Peters is 27-years-old, and is a 6-foot, 201 pound center from Saskatoon, Sask.. He's coming off a career year, which consisted of 1 goal and 2 penalty minutes in 11 games with the Dallas Stars, and 20 goals, 14 assists, and 52 PIM in 61 games in the AHL with Texas. Peters was also an asset to Texas in their run to the Calder Cup Finals, racking up 8 points and 56 PIM in 23 playoff games.
Bagnall is a native of Oakbank, Mtb., and is 6-foot-3, 220-pounds. This past season he was captain of the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL. He tied a career high with 12 points, 1 goal and 11 assists, and added in 113 PIM. He did this over the span of 58 games. In 16 playoff appearances last season, he totaled 3 assists and 21 PIM. Bagnall was originally selected by Dallas in the sixth round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, going 195th overall. At the collegiate level he played with St. Lawrence University, totaling 72 points and 235 PIM during the four seasons he spent there.
Both are great moves, as Fletch and Co. continue to add depth to an organization much in need of it.