May 24, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson (41) makes a save against Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Matt Cooke (24) during the third period in game five of the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Pittsburgh Penguins won 6-2 to close out the series. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Wild Sign Matt Cooke

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:

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.

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