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Updated: June 20th, 2011 8:18pm
Wild re-sign defenseman Nate Prosser; Columbus hires Todd Richards

Wild re-sign defenseman Nate Prosser; Columbus hires Todd Richards

by Tom Pelissero
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Defenseman Nate Prosser has accepted his one-year, two-way contract offer from the Minnesota Wild, the team announced on Monday.

Prosser, 25, ranked second among defensemen with eight goals and 19 assists in 73 games last season with the American Hockey League's Houston Aeros under new Wild coach Mike Yeo.

The Elk River native has one assist in five career games with the Wild, who signed him in March 2010 as a free agent out of Colorado College.

Richards gets a job

Todd Richards wasn't out of work for long.

Fired in April as the Wild's coach, Richards was named an assistant with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday.

"When looking at this position, I wanted someone with NHL head coaching experience who could come here and help us to do the right things and move our team forward and Todd fits that bill perfectly," Columbus coach Scott Arniel said in a statement on the team's Web site.

"I've coached against him numerous times and have always had great respect for him and how he prepared his teams. Having been a part of the Minnesota, San Jose and Pittsburgh organizations the past several years, Todd brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that will be very valuable to me, our coaching staff and players."

A Minnesota native, Richards was 77-71-16 in two seasons with the Wild.

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In this story: Nate Prosser, Todd Richards