ST. PAUL, Minn. The Minnesota Wild have one of the NHL's stingiest defenses this season, largely because of a group of young defensemen.
Minnesota added more experience to the mix Wednesday by signing 13-year NHL veteran Brett Clark, a free agent who had been playing with the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League. Clark, 36, had one goal and 16 assists in 18 games.
"He's always been a two-way defenseman," Minnesota general manager Chuck Fletcher said. "He moves the puck well, good mobility. In Tampa Bay, he was always one of the leading shot blockers in the league. He's a guy that thinks the game well and is solid positionally, and he can move the puck when he gets the chance.
"You can never have enough defensemen, and certainly when we had a chance to add a quality, veteran defenseman who was playing well down in Oklahoma City, it just made sense to do this."
The Wild surrender the seventh-fewest shots in the league at 27.1 per gam...