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Updated: July 1st, 2014 12:20pm
Reports: Wild losing several players from last season in free agency

Reports: Wild losing several players from last season in free agency

by Andrew Krammer and Derek Wetmore
1500ESPN.com
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The biggest free agency news of the day for the Minnesota Wild is the signing of forward Thomas Vanek. The former Gophers star signed a three-year contract to play for the Wild.

In other free agency news, though, the Wild have lost a few players from last season's team.

We'll continue to update this story throughout the day as more players find homes around the NHL in free agency.

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1. Matt Moulson didn't do much as a rental scorer for the Wild. Now, he returns to the Sabres on a 5-year deal, according to Pierre LeBrun. 

2. Cody McCormick, who came to the Wild in the same trade as Moulson, also has signed with the Sabres. 


3. Defenseman Clayton Stoner left for a more lucrative contract. He signed with the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday to a reported four-year, $13 million, according to Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun

Stoner, 29, has spent 10 seasons in the Wild's organization both with the AHL affiliate (then in Houston) and for the past five seasons in Minnesota. Thirteen of his 14 career playoff appearances came in the Wild's run to the Western Conference's second round this season, in which Stoner provided more than a few quality outings on defense.

Stoner added toughness and had an impressive playoffs this season for the Wild.

One name that has been speculated as a fit to replace Stoner is L.A. Kings defeseman Willie Mitchell. Mitchell played for the Wild from 2001 to 2006 before being traded to the Dallas Stars. 

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The St. Louis Blues got better Tuesday. They signed center Paul Stastny to a four-year deal.

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The Colorado Avalanche added a face sure to be familiar to Wild fans. Jarome Iginla signed a three-year contract, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.

That should make the Wild-Avs rivalry even more fun.

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Sought-after defenseman Matt Niskanen did not sign immediately, but at least one suggestion is the Avalanche. 




Andrew Krammer covers the Minnesota Vikings for 1500ESPN.com. He previously covered the Gophers men's basketball team for the Minnesota Daily.
Email Andrew | @andrew_krammer
Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for 1500ESPN.com. His previous stops include MLB.com and the Minnesota Daily.
Email Derek | @DerekWetmore
In this story: Clayton Stoner
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