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Minnesota Wild Sign Justin Falk to a One-Year, Two-Way Contract

Falk returns to Minnesota.

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In what I hope is purely a depth move, the Wild have brought back Justin Falk after his 1 year stint in New York with the Rangers. The 6'5 defenceman was orginally drafted by the Wild 110th overall in 2007 and turns 26 in October. He made his debut in 2009/10 and went on to play 112 games for the Wild over the next 3 seasons before getting traded to the Rangers for Ben Ferriero and a 6th round pick last Summer. He played 21 times for the Rangers in 2013/14 and was a healthy scratch throughout their run to the Stanley Cup Finals.

During his time in Minnesota he was a mediocre possession player who didn't score, took dumb penalties and threw his weight around a bit, occasionally dropping the gloves. He had a decent year in 2012/13, posting a positive Corsi rel in soft minutes but followed it up with an absolute stinker in New York.

I imagine this signing is purely to add some more depth to the roster. I feel like there is still a spot left on the NHL roster for a 3rd pairing defenceman who plays the left-side, but Falk is not the man to take it. He more than likely will be helping to strengthen the rebuilt Iowa Wild roster and be around in case the NHL club badly needs a defenceman to call up.


-Here he is scoring his only NHL goal:


-Here's him in a fight: