SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed free-agent center Zenon Konopka to a two-year contract and free agent forward Torrey Mitchell to a three-year contract.
Konopka, 31 (1/2/81), tallied five points (3-2=5) and ranked third in the NHL with 193 penalty minutes (PIM) for the Ottawa Senators in 2011-12. He also won 58.9% of his faceoffs (232 of 394), ranking fifth in the NHL amongst players with 250 or more faceoffs. Konopka added two assists in six playoff games with the Senators. Since 2009-10, he ranks first in the NHL in PIM (765) and fourth in faceoff percentage (59.0%). The 6-foot, 209-pound native of Niagara on the Lake, Ont., skated in all 82 games with the New York Islanders in 2010-11 and led the NHL with 307 PIM and won 620 of 1075 faceoffs taken (57.7%). Konopka also led the NHL with 265 PIM in 2009-10. He has skated in 250 career NHL games with Anaheim, Columbus, Tampa Bay, the Islanders and Ottawa, totaling 27 points (11-16=27), 877 PIM and has won 58.8% of faceoffs. Konopka was a member of the Ottawa 67’s Memorial Cup-winning team in 1999.
Mitchell, 27 (1/30/85), notched 19 points (9-10=19) in 76 games with the San Jose Sharks in the 2011-12 campaign and added one assist in five playoff contests. He has skated in 280 NHL games in four seasons with the Sharks, totaling 73 points (30-43=73) and 152 PIM. Mitchell has seen action in 55 playoff games with San Jose, accruing 11 points (2-9=11) over five post-seasons. He recorded 105 points (35-70=105) and 154 PIM in 115 contests during three seasons at the University of Vermont (2004-07) and served as co-captain in his junior campaign. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound native of Greenfield Park, Que., was San Jose’s fourth-round pick (No. 126 overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.