The NHL free-agent frenzy is underway.
On Wednesday, the Minnesota Wild added to their organizational depth by agreeing to terms with forwards Brandon Baddock, Steven Fogarty and Nic Petan, and defenseman Andrej Sustr.
Baddock, 27 years old, agreed to a one-year, two-way contract. He recorded eight points (three goals, five assists) in 61 combined skates last season with Laval and Iowa of the American Hockey League. A 6-foot-3, 220-pound native of Vermillion, Alberta, Baddock was acquired from Montreal in exchange for goaltender Andrew Hammond on Feb. 12, 2022. The left-shot winger made his NHL debut with the Canadiens on Dec. 30, 2021.
Fogarty, a third-round pick (No. 72 overall) in the 2011 draft, agreed to a two-year, two-way deal. He's appeared in 29 NHL contests with the New York Rangers (2017-20), Buffalo Sabres (2020-21) and Boston Bruins (2021-22). Last season, the 29-year-old played in two games for Boston and recorded 42 points (12 goals, 30 assists) in 62 games with the Providence Bruins of the AHL.
Petan is a 27-year-old former second-round pick (No. 43 overall in 2013), who played in 18 games and had two assists with Vancouver in 2021-22. The 5-foot-9, 175-pound native of Delta, British Columbia, agreed to a two-year, two-way contract. He's skated in 154 NHL games and tallied 30 points (six goals, 24 assists) across parts of seven seasons with Winnipeg (2015-19), Toronto (2019-21) and the Canucks (2021-22).
Sustr, who stands 6-foot-7, 215 pounds, logged one assist in 15 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning last season. The 31-year-old native of Plzen, Czech Republic was claimed off waivers by Anaheim on March 8, 2022, and recorded five assists in 23 contests with the Ducks. He's registered 69 points (11 goals, 58 assists) in 361 career games during eight NHL seasons with Tampa Bay (2012-18, 2021-22) and Anaheim (2018-19, 2021-22) and has recorded five points (two goals, three assists) in 46 Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Lightning. Sustr agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with Minnesota.
The Wild will look to stay busy as the free-agent frenzy continues.