ST. PAUL, Minn. Forward Brian Rolston signed a three-year contract with the Minnesota Wild on Thursday, giving the team one of its highest-profile free agents in its four-year history.
Rolston had 19 goals and 29 assists for the Boston Bruins last season and led the league with seven short-handed points.
The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder is a versatile two-way player with 432 points in 736 career games with the New Jersey Devils, Colorado Ava-lanche and Boston.
Rolston was wooed by several teams, but the Michigan native felt most comfortable on a team in the Midwest.
Familiarity also helps. The 31-year-old Rolston played on Wild coach Jacques Lemaire's Stanley Cup champion Devils as a rookie in 1994-95.
Rolston can play all three forward positions, but he fills a big need for an offensive center with experience on special teams.
Bruins captain signs with Swiss club in case of a lockout
Boston Bruins captain Joe Thornton has signed an agreement to play for a team in Switzerland next season if the NHL season is postponed by a lockout, his agent confirmed in an e-mail to The Associated Press on Thursday.
Thornton, the No. 1 overall pick in the 1997 NHL draft and the team's top scorer last season with 23 goals and 50 assists, has signed to play with Hockey Club Davos of the Swiss Elite League, his agent J.P. Barry said.
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