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Zidlicky deal close

Posted by: Michael Russo under Wild news Updated: March 2, 2010 - 10:30 AM


Was on blackberry, so let me clean this up.

According to league sources, significant headway has been made in contract negotiations with defenseman Marek Zidlicky.

It's expected he'll sign on the dotted line by the end of the day, most likely before the Wild's flight this afternoon to Calgary. There's still a few issues to resolve, but it's expected to happen. Basically, I hear it's just crystalizing the language of a no-trade clause. Don't have those details yet.

But unless things derail, the contract's expected to be a three-year, $12 million deal.

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