ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Chuck Fletcher wasn't quite done working on the first day of NHL free agency.
Fletcher, the Minnesota Wild's general manager, said he didn't expect any more major moves on Friday after the team re-signed defenseman Jared Spurgeon to a three-year deal and officially added defenseman Keith Ballard after free agency opened at 11 a.m. Central on Friday. But then the Wild altered its forward ranks a bit in the evening.
Minnesota traded Devin Setoguchi to the Winnipeg Jets for a 2014 second-round pick and then signed Matt Cooke to a three-year contract. The Wild saved 3 million against the salary cap by trading Setoguchi with one year left on his contract and then reportedly signed Cooke for an average of 2.5 million per year.
Fletcher said "things started blowing up a little bit" after he met with reporters earlier in the day to talk about the Ballard and Spurgeon signings.
"Obviously you have conversations with teams from time to time, but the market on Devin heat...