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Updated: July 1st, 2011 11:41am
Wild re-sign Josh Harding; lose Andrew Brunette to Blackhawks

Wild re-sign Josh Harding; lose Andrew Brunette to Blackhawks

by Nate Sandell
1500ESPN.com
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After missing all of the 2010-11 season with a torn ACL and MCL, goaltender Josh Harding is healthy once again and has a new contract to prove it.

The Minnesota Wild announced Friday the signing of the 27-year-old Harding to a one-year, estimated $750,000 deal.

Drafted by the Wild with the 38th overall pick in the 2002 draft, Harding has played in 83 games, starting in 65 of them. He has posted a 2.66 goals against average and .915 save percentage, with overall record of 28-39-4.

Keeping Harding means the Wild are cutting ties with Jose Theodore, who served as the back-up to starting goaltender Niklas Backstrom last season. Called into fill the empty spot left in the wake of Harding's injury, Theodore went 15-11-3 in 32 appearances, but his desire to be a full-fledged starter likely led to the Wild opting to re-sign Harding.

So long Bruno

Veteran winger Andrew Brunette parted ways with the Wild, choosing to sign a one-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks.

A member of the Wild's inaugural team, Brunette played in Minnesota from 2001 to 2004, before departing for the Colorado Avalanche. The 37-year-old Ontario native returned to the Wild in 2008, where he spent the next three season with the squad.

Brunette ranks second behind Marian Gaborik on the Wild's all-time list in goals (119), points (321) and games played (489).

Coaching staff additions

The Wild also announced assistant coaches Darby Hendrickson and Rick Wilson, and goaltending coach Bob Mason will remain with the team as part of new head coach Mike Yeo's staff.

Henderickson and Wilson are both going into their second season with the Wild, while Mason is set to start his 10th year.

Darryl Sydor, who was Yeo's assistant last year with the AHL's Houston Aeros, is set to join the staff as well.

Nate Sandell is a contributor to 1500ESPN.com.
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