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Associated Press Keith Ballard shows off his new Minnesota Wild jersey after a news conference Friday in St. Paul. The Wild signed Ballard to a two-year, $3 million contract on Friday and also re-signed defenseman Jared Spurgeon to a three-year, $8 million contract.

Wild sign Ballard, Spurgeon, trade Setoguchi

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ST. PAUL — With precious little space left under the salary cap, the Minnesota Wild were looking for another experienced, puck-moving defenseman.

Keith Ballard was seeking a fresh start, and thus the match was made.

The Wild signed Ballard to a two-year, $3 million contract on Friday and also re-signed defenseman Jared Spurgeon to a three-year, $8 million contract.

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