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The Wild boosted its depth Wednedsay, re-signing forward Kyle Rau to a two-year, two-way contract.

Rau will receive $700,000 in the NHL and $275,000 in the American Hockey League.

He spent most of last season in the minors, tallying 23 goals and 50 points in 69 games with the Iowa Wild in the AHL. The 25-year-old ranked tied for first on the team in power-play goals (eight) and second in goals. In three games with the Wild, the Eden Prairie native chipped in an assist and Rau appeared in one playoff game.

Overall, Rau has two goals and two points in 36 career NHL games with the Wild and Panthers.

A former captain of the Gophers, Rau racked up 164 points in 160 games at Minnesota. He was named Minnesota's 2011 Mr. Hockey after posting 69 points in 25 games during his senior year of high school, a season that culminated with a state championship at Eden Prairie.

Drafted by the Panthers in the third round, 91st overall, in 2011, Rau signed with the WIld as a free agent last July. He was poised to become an unrestricted free agent again this summer.