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Updated: February 19th, 2012 6:20pm
Center Kyle Brodziak signs three-year deal to remain with Wild

Center Kyle Brodziak signs three-year deal to remain with Wild

by Judd Zulgad
1500ESPN.com
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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Veteran center Kyle Brodziak won't be testing the free-agent market this offseason.

The Minnesota Wild announced after Sunday's 2-0 victory over the Boston Bruins at Xcel Energy Center that they had signed Brodziak to a three-year contract extension. Terms were not immediately available.

Brodziak is in the final season of a three-year, $3.45 million contract that is set to pay him $1.15 million this season. He signed that deal upon joining the Wild in 2009 after a draft-day trade with the Edmonton Oilers.

"Obviously I'm really happy," Brodziak said. "I'm just happy it's done with. Now I can concentrate more on playing hockey."

Brodziak is fourth on the Wild in scoring with 29 points (15 goals, 14 assists). He centered the Wild's top line Sunday with Mikko Koivu out because of an undisclosed injury.

Contract negotiations between Brodziak's representatives and Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher had been ongoing. Brodziak said the deal was mostly "ironed out" on Saturday.

"I've never had to deal with anything like it before," Brodziak said of the in-season negotiating process and the potential of becoming an unrestricted free agent. "It was definitely on my mind. I'm happy to be a part of the organization for a few more years and looking forward to it."

Brodziak entered Sunday's game as a minus-11 in the plus-minus rankings but he has improved himself since joining the Wild. He also has proven to be a durable player with the Wild, having played in 82 games in 2009-10, 80 games in 2010-11 and all 59 games this season.

"My goal as a player is to keep getting better every year," Brodziak said. "There is definitely belief within this organization. I want to be part of building into a winning team.

"I think the culture is changing around here. I just want to be part of the future and help them turn this around into a winning club."

If a deal could not have been worked out with Brodziak there was the potential he could have been dealt before the Feb. 27 NHL trading deadline.

Nate Sandell contributed.

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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In this story: Kyle Brodziak, Mikko Koivu
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