Wild re-signs defenseman acquires another

June 11, 2008 3:16:49 PM PDT
The Minnesota Wild on Wednesday has re-signed defenseman Eric Reitz to a 2008-09 contract, and acquired defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron from the Anaheim Ducks for a third-round pick in the 2008 NHL entry draft.Terms of Reitz's contract were not disclosed.

Reitz, 25, posted 34 points (8 goals, 26 assists) including five power-play goals and 99 penalty minutes (PIM) in 49 games with the AHL's Houston Aeros in 2007-08. He ranked fourth on the team in scoring despite missing 31 games due to injury, finished second among Aeros defensemen with a plus-11 rating and was named a starter for the PlanetUSA AHL All-Star team. Reitz appeared in Games 5 and 6 of the Wild's Western Conference Quarterfinal series against the Colorado Avalanche and skated in three Calder Cup Playoff games with Houston.

Bergeron, 27, split the 2007-08 NHL campaign with the New York Islanders and the Anaheim Ducks and ranked tied for sixth among League defenseman with eight power-play goals. The 5-foot-10, 197-pound native of Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, has tallied 128 points (48 goals, 80 assists) including 131 penalty minutes (PIM) and 29 power-play goals in 267 career NHL contests during five seasons with Edmonton, the New York Islanders and Anaheim.

Go to AEROS.com during the offseason for further transactions with the 2008 NHL Entry Draft's first round starting on June 20 and the NHL free agency period on July 1.

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