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Minnesota Wild Free Agent Breakdown: Forwards

LOS ANGELES - MARCH 7:  (L to R) Andrew Brunette #15, Mikko Koivu #9, Owen Nolan #11, and Kurtis Foster #26 of the Minnesota Wild celebrate Nolan's first period goal against the Los Angeles Kings on March 7, 2009 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.   (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Joseph GuntherContributor IJuly 9, 2009

The Minnesota Wild had one free agent forward target, until he signed elsewhere on Wednesday.

Wild GM Chuck Fletcher said that Saku Koivu was the last free agent the Wild would pursue to fill the No. 2 center position.

When Koivu signed with the Anaheim Ducks, the Wild roster became almost set. The last thing the Wild need to do is decide on the lines.

The Wild could still add another center for the third line between Antti Miettinen and Benoit Pouliot. Eric Belanger is the best option to man the position, but he is best suited for the fourth line defensive role.

If a second or third line center is acquired or signed Belanger would move to the fourth line and Kyle Brodziak would shift to a wing. Colton Gillies could get a year of seasoning in the AHL and return the following year to the Wild. He could benefit greatly from another of refinement without the pressure of the NHL.

For more information on the line combinations, prospects and available free agents click here.

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