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Wild continue free-agent frenzy, signing power forward Nolan to two-year deal

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ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota Wild continued their free-agent spending spree Sunday, signing forward Owen Nolan to a US$5.5-million, two-year contract.

Nolan, a former first overall pick, had 16 goals and 16 assists in 77 games with the Calgary Flames last season. The 36-year-old winger added two goals and three assists in seven post-season games.

"Owen Nolan is a true power winger who can score goals, play a physical brand, play either wing and take face-offs," Wild president and general manager Doug Risebrough said in a statement. "We are excited to add a player of his experience and versatility."

Nolan is a five-time all-star who set career highs with 44 goals and 84 points with the San Jose Sharks in 1999-2000. The native of Belfast, Northern Ireland has 381 goals, 426 assists and 1,727 penalty minutes in 1,068 career games with Quebec, Colorado, San Jose, Toronto, Phoenix and Calgary.

Nolan is the fourth free-agent forward to join the Wild since free agency opened July 1. Ex-Colorado Avalanche star Andrew Brunette signed a $7-million, three-year deal, while former Phoenix Coyotes forward Craig Weller inked a $1.2-million, two-year pact and ex-Dallas Stars winger Antti Miettinen signed a three-year contract.

The Wild also signed goalie Barry Brust to a multi-year contract and right wing Jesse Schultz to a one-year deal.

The 24-year-old Brust was 24-16-3 with a 2.27 goals-against average last season for the Wild's top minor league affiliate, the Houston Aeros. The 25-year-old Schultz had 26 goals and 40 assists in 80 games last season for the Chicago Wolves in the AHL. He's a cousin of Wild defenceman Nick Schultz.

-with files from The Associated Press.

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