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Updated: July 6th, 2012 7:12pm
Wild add another Minnesotan, signing Brian Connelly to a two-way deal

Wild add another Minnesotan, signing Brian Connelly to a two-way deal

by Tom Pelissero
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For the second time in three days, the Wild have added a Minnesota native.

On Friday, it was defenseman Brian Connelly, who agreed to terms on a two-way, two-year deal, the team announced.

Connelly, 26, was born in Bloomington and played at Jefferson High School, which also produced Wild defenseman Tom Gilbert.

He went on to play at Colorado College, where he was teammates with the Wild's Nate Prosser and Chad Rau, and has spent parts of the past four seasons in the American Hockey League.

Last season, Connelly led all AHL defensemen last season with 52 points (six goals, 46 assists) while playing in Rockford and Abbotsford in the Chicago Blackhawks and Calgary Flames organizations, respectively.

The signing comes two days after the Wild signed Zach Parise, who was born in Minneapolis and played prep hockey at Shattuck St. Mary's.

Wild forward Matt Cullen also is a Minnesota native.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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In this story: Matt Cullen, Nate Prosser