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Restricted free agent Joel Eriksson Ek signed a two-year, $2.975 million contract with the Wild on Wednesday.
Bill Guerin, 48, spent the past eight years with the Penguins — three as player development coach, beginning in 2011, and the past five as assistant to general manager Jim Rutherford.
In a twist, Ron Hextall was fired last season by the Flyers, who then hired former Wild GM Chuck Fletcher.
Fourteen months after he was brought on, Paul Fenton was fired by Craig Leipold. "It was a realization that our organization was a little different than what Paul was fitting into."
Minnesota Wild takes care of three of its restricted free agents: Ryan Donato, Nico Sturm and Carson Soucy
Wild must still sign likes of Eriksson Ek and Fiala.
A self-described "hockey nerd" new Wild forward Mats Zuccarello made it clear he felt coveted — a message the team was able to convey during the interview period leading up to the start of NHL free agency.
The Wild see Hartman as someone who is hard to play against, can make life difficult on the opponent and skates as an agitator with the ability to draw penalties and swing momentum.
The well-traveled right wingers have combined for 756 NHL games.
The San Jose captain and proven scorer is likely to leave the Sharks for greener pastures.
The Wild plays three games on the road before its home opener against Pittsburgh and then goes back on the road for three more games.