It was reported earlier in the week that Matt Cooke was unlikely to re-sign with the Pittsburgh Penguins and now it is official. The Minnesota Wild announced on Twitter that they would be signing the veteran forward to a three-year deal.
Here is the announcement:
— Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) July 5, 2013
In his career, Cooke has totaled 360 points, 1,068 PIM and a plus-53 rating during 14 seasons as a member of the Penguins, Washington Capitals and Vancouver Canucks. He entered the league as a sixth-round draft pick.
Cooke will bring some additional physicality to the Minnesota line-up.
Since 2005-06, Cooke ranks ninth in the NHL with 1,430 hits.
Minnesota also added defenseman Keith Ballard on a two-year contract earlier in the day. It is clear that general manager Chuck Fletcher plans to make some movies during free agency and the offseason.