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NHL Free Agency 2012: Minnesota Wild Re-Sign Stephane Veilleux

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MAR 29, 2012; St. Paul, MN, USA;  Minnesota Wild forward Stephane Veilleux (19) during warm-ups before the game between the Minnesota Wild and the Florida Panthers at Xcel Energy Center.  Mandatory Credit: Marilyn Indahl-US PRESSWIRE
MAR 29, 2012; St. Paul, MN, USA; Minnesota Wild forward Stephane Veilleux (19) during warm-ups before the game between the Minnesota Wild and the Florida Panthers at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Marilyn Indahl-US PRESSWIRE

Some things in life a re a given. Sidney Crosby is going to be the headline, the NHL Network is going to go to commercial when the Wild pick in the draft, and Zach Parise is going to be followed by cameras on July 1st. These are the things we know to be true, and if something were to happen to change them, people would die.

OK, maybe not.

Some things in life are not given. Heck, most things in life are not given. It was welcome news to read on Russo's twitter last night that Stephane Veilleux has be re-signed to a one year, two way deal, bringing him back into the fold for next season. Veilleux was a fan favorite in his first run with the Wild, and he is a fan favorite in his second run with the Wild. If you are looking for an energy guy, who plays with pure heart, Veilleux is your guy.

The fiery redhead, the spark plug, the engine... Veilleux is all of these things. He is never going to be the guy who puts 50 goals on the board, but he can be the guy who rattles cages on the other bench, talks some trash, and gets them thinking about him, rather than the game.

It's not often fans get overly excited about a fourth line forward being re-sign on a two way deal near the end of his career. My bet? Wild fans will be excited about this one.