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Updated: June 25th, 2012 5:37pm
Forwards Stephane Veilleux and Chad Rau re-sign with Wild

Forwards Stephane Veilleux and Chad Rau re-sign with Wild

by Judd Zulgad
1500ESPN.com
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Left winger Stephane Veilleux and center Chad Rau re-signed with the Minnesota Wild on Monday, and the team extended qualifying offers to eight players.

Rau was signed to a two-year, two-way contract and Veilleux received a one-year, two-way contract. The two-way contract means the player makes less money if he is sent to Wild's minor league affiliate in Houston.

Veilleux, 30, had two assists and 15 penalty minutes in 21 games with the Wild after being acquired in a trade from New Jersey on Feb. 24 along with defenseman Kurtis Foster, right winger Nick Palmieri, a 2012 second-round pick and a 2013 third-round pick in exchange for defenesman Marek Zidlicky.

Veilleux has 101 points (46-55-101) and 317 penalty minutes in 460 career NHL games with Minnesota, Tampa Bay and New Jersey. He ranks eighth on the Wild's all-time games played list and 10th in penalty minutes. Veilleux was originally selected by the Wild in the third round (93rd overall) of the 2001 NHL draft.

Rau, 25, had two goals in nine games with the Wild this past season.

He scored the game-winning goal in his NHL debut against Dallas on Jan. 21 and also recorded the game-winning goal against Boston on Feb. 19. The Eden Prairie, Minn., native ranked fifth on the Aeros with 35 points (14-21-35). He was originally signed as a free agent by the Wild on May 17, 2010.

The Wild, meanwhile, also made qualifying offers to the following players: Centers Cody Almond and David McIntyre; wingers Carson McMillan, Jarod Palmer and Nick Palmieri; defensemen Justin Falk and Chay Genoway; and goalie Dennis Endras.

The players who received qualifying offers will become restricted free agents on Sunday.

The Star Tribune reports that the Wild did not extend offers to Nick Johnson and Guillaume Latendresse. Both could become unrestricted free agents on Sunday, but the paper reports that the team wants to sign Latendresse to a one-year, bonus-laden contract before that happens.

Latendresse played in only 16 games last season because of a concussion issue,

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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