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NHL team pursuing free agency, Wild looking for help at center

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ST. PAUL - NHL teams begin pursuing free agents at 11 o'clock this morning, with the Minnesota Wild on the lookout for help at center.

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Among the players they're expected to contact is Mark Cullen, who helped Moorhead to three straight trips to the boy's hockey state tournament before playing college hockey at Saint Cloud State. Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher says the team has enough room under the salary cap to make some significant acquisitions that'll make them better than a season ago. The Wild have failed to make the Stanley Cup playoffs the last two seasons.

Wild forward Guilleaum Latendresse won't be testing the free agent waters after signing a two-year, five-million dollar contract. Latendresse came to the Wild early last season in a trade with Montreal, and responded by scoring 25 goals. That's more than he's ever scored in one season in the NHL.

The Wild also signed defenseman Nate Prosser to a one-year, $650,000 while forward Matt Kassian received a two-year, $1.2 million deal.

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