Minnesota Wild Re-Signs Chad Rau and Stephane Veilleux; Makes Qualifying Offers to Eight Players 26 Jun 12

SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has re-signed C Chad Rau to a two-year, two-way contract and LW Stephane Veilleux (pronounced VAY-oo) to a one-year, two-way contract.

Rau, 25 (1/18/87), collected two goals in nine games with Minnesota this season. He recorded the game-winning goal in his NHL debut against Dallas on Jan. 21 and also recorded the game-winning goal against Boston on Feb. 19. The 5-foot-11, 184-pound native of Eden Prairie, Minn., native ranked fifth on the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League (AHL) with 35 points (14-21=35) and a plus-6 rating in 67 contests. Rau was originally signed as a free agent by Minnesota on May 17, 2010.

Veilleux, 30 (11/16/81), compiled two assists and 15 penalty minutes (PIM) in 21 matches with Minnesota after being acquired in a trade from New Jersey on Feb. 24 along with D Kurtis Foster, RW Nick Palmieri, a 2012 second round pick and a 2013 third round pick in exchange for D Marek Zidlicky. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound native of St. Georges de Beauce, Que., skated in one game with New Jersey and recorded 22 points (11-11=22) and 53 PIM in 40 games with Albany (AHL). Veilleux has collected 101 points (46-55=101) and 317 PIM in 460 career NHL games with Minnesota, Tampa Bay and New Jersey. He ranks eighth on the Wild’s all-time games played list and 10th in PIM. Veilleux was originally selected by Minnesota in the third round (93rd overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

MINNESOTA WILD MAKES QUALIFYING OFFERS TO EIGHT PLAYERS

SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has made qualifying offers to the following restricted free agents: C Cody Almond, G Dennis Endras, D Justin Falk, D Chay Genoway, C David McIntyre, RW Carson McMillan, RW Jarod Palmer and RW Nick Palmieri.