The Minnesota Wild announced Tuesday they’ve signed free agent left winger Thomas Vanek to a three-year contract. Vanek, who played his college hockey for the University of Minnesota, had been a standout winger for the Buffalo Sabres.
With the Stanley Cup Final over, the NHL offseason is officially underway. All 30 NHL teams will use this time to tweak or remake their rosters as they get ready for the 2014-2015 NHL season.
The Minnesota Twins have signed free-agent first baseman/designated hitter Kendrys Morales to a one-year, prorated $12 million contract. Morales, who has been in Miami working out while waiting to sign, hit .277 with 23 home runs and 80 RBIs in 156 games with the Seattle Mariners last season.
The Minnesota Twins have granted relief pitcher Matt Guerrier his unconditional release, making the 35-year-old right-hander a free agent. The Twins announced the move Monday. Guerrier was trying to make a comeback from surgery on his right elbow.
Free agent defensive end Corey Wootton has agreed to terms with the Minnesota Vikings. Wootton and his agent, Mike McCartney, tweeted the agreement on Thursday night. Wootton spent the first four seasons of his career with the division rival Chicago Bears. Wootton has played all 16 games each of the last two seasons when he combined for 10 sacks. He had three sacks last season.
Jared Allen wants a ring. That’s why the former Minnesota Viking is on the verge of signing a contract with the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.
The Minnesota Vikings, like many other NFL teams over the last few days, have been busy working on contracts with their own free agents to keep from being outbid. So what’s left when the market actually opens Tuesday?
The Minnesota Timberwolves have signed free agent center Ronny Turiaf. The deal was announced by the team on Thursday. The 30-year-old Turiaf agreed to terms last week on a two-year, $3.2 million contract.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to terms on a three-year, $16 million deal with free agent swingman Chase Budinger.
Andrei Kirilenko has decided to opt out of the final year of his contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves and will become a free agent. Kirilenko informed the Timberwolves of his decision on Saturday, the deadline that was written into the two-year deal he signed last summer.
Detroit Lakes-native Adam Thielen put on quite a show during Vikings mini-camp last week. He had a magical fall while playing at Minnesota State Mankato. While the coach was on leave, the team rallied and ran the table in the conference before losing in the NCAA playoffs. “Most fun year I ever had. To be able to focus on just football and come together as a team and just really play our hearts out and give it all we got,” Thielen said.
Perhaps the two biggest names available in unrestricted free agency this year are superstars Chris Paul and center Dwight Howard. The question is, which of them is the best value?
The injuries started immediately and never stopped, keeping the Minnesota Timberwolves out of the playoffs for the ninth straight season. That’s the longest active streak in the NBA.
Greg Jennings is a Minnesota Viking. The free agent wide receiver, formerly of NFC North rival Green Bay, will be wearing purple in fall 2013.
For the first time in his nine-year career, Josh Howard didn’t have a team to play for when the season began. Questions about his health and some lingering memories of issues off the court, kept teams away from the 32-year-old free agent.