John Madden signed with the Minnesota Wild for a one-year deal worth $1.25 million. Coincidentally, this contract is the same length and amount as Mike Modano, who signed with the Red Wings.
As a Wild fan, you should be very excited about what you are getting from the veteran shutdown centre. He can check, grind, dish out big hits, and kill penalties for the betterment of the team. Although the Wild are trying to become more offensive-minded, you have to give credit to Chuck Fletcher for making this signing happen.
Madden was a key ingredient to the Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup win, as well as two other championships with the New Jersey Devils, where he spent many years of his career. As a new Wild, Madden could play with Cal Clutterbuck and Kyle Brodziak to bring the third line to yet another level.
Clutterbuck can buckle down and dish out big hits and Brodziak can do his own thing on the ice. John Madden not only brings his unique winning talent, he also makes teammates around him better.
Great signing by the Wild management.
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