Minnesota Wild Signs Free Agent Defenseman Brian Connelly 07 Jul 12

SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed free agent defenseman Brian Connellyto a two-year, two-way contract.

Connelly, 26 (6/10/86), recorded 52 points (6-46=52) and 26 penalty minutes (PIM) in 72 games with the Rockford IceHogs and the Abbotsford Heat in the American Hockey League (AHL) last season.The 5-foot-11, 185-pound native of Bloomington, Minn., ranked second in scoring among AHL defensemen and participated in the AHL All-Star Game. He started the season with Rockford and collected 36 points (5-31=36) in 44 games before being traded to the CalgaryFlames in exchange for Brendan Morrison on Jan. 27. Connelly tallied 16 points (1-15=16) in 28 contests with Abbotsford and added two assists in eight playoff games with the Heat. He ranked sixth in defensemen scoring in the AHL in 2010-11 with 52 points (11-41=52)in 80 games for Rockford and was named to the Western Conference All-Star Team. Connelly recorded 63 points (8-55=63) and 100 PIM in 114 games during three seasons at Colorado College (2006-09) where he was teammates with Nate Prosser and Chad Rau.