Originally written on State of Hockey News  |  Last updated 7/5/13
The last few years this has been the time for Wild fans to expect a major move.  In fact, I should say Wild fans have been spoiled by some tremendously bold moves by General Manager Chuck Fletcher who if he's done anything, proven he isn't afraid to pull the trigger (right or wrong) on a big deal in an effort to improve this team.  In fact, the events revolving around certain UFA's seemed to occur BEFORE the July 5th opening of NHL free agency.  The Philadelphia Flyers got things going by signing bought out (of his 11-year deal with Tampa Bay) center Vincent Lecavalier to a 5 year deal that was still going to pay him $4.5 million per season.  The Wild took their chance to buyout one of their players buying out the remaining season on Tom Gilbert's $4 million pact.  The move freed up some space to give the Wild at least a small chance of finding some bargains in today's free agent frenzy but they made their move early by signing Baudette, Minnesota-native Keith Ballard to a 2-year, $...
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