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Updated: November 16th, 2011 9:30pm
Wild signs defenseman; Guillaume Latendresse placed on injured reserve

Wild signs defenseman; Guillaume Latendresse placed on injured reserve

by Judd Zulgad
1500ESPN.com
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The Minnesota Wild's injury issues on the blue line forced the team to make a roster move on Wednesday night.

Defenseman Kris Fredheim, who had been playing for the Wild's American Hockey League affiliate in Houston on a minor league contract, has been signed to a one-year deal by the NHL club and is expected to play in Thursday night's game against Colorado at Xcel Energy Center.

To make room for Fredheim on the roster, the Wild placed winger Guillaume Latendresse (concussion) on injured reserve.

The Wild, already missing defensemen Mike Lundin (back) and Greg Zanon (groin) entering a five-game road trip that ended Tuesday in Columbus, lost Marco Scandella (concussion) and Marek Zidlicky during the trip.

Zidlicky left the Wild's 4-2 victory over the Blue Jackets because of a head injury. It has not been confirmed whether Zidlicky has a concussion but he isn't expected to play Thursday.

Fredheim, 24, had two assists and led Houston with a plus-7 rating in 15 games. He played at Colorado College from 2006 to 2010 and was selected by the Vancouver Canucks in the sixth round of the 2005 NHL draft. Fredheim had three goals and six assists in 66 games with Houston in 2010-11. 

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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