Wild sign defenseman Calen Addison to one-year deal

Calen Addison, a defenseman who set a Wild single-season franchise record for assists by a rookie last season, has signed a one-year, $825,000 contract with the team.

A restricted free agent, Addison, 23, received $37,500 more than the Wild’s qualifying offer of $787,500. Training camp begins Thursday at TRIA Rink in downtown St. Paul.

Addison had a breakthrough season in 2022-23, recording three goals and 26 assists in 62 games with the NHL club, putting him second all time in franchise points by a rookie defenseman behind Filip Kuba’s 30 in 2000-01.

Addison played the point on Minnesota’s top power-play unit and scored 18 points.

A second-round pick by Pittsburgh in the 2018 entry draft, Addison was acquired as part of the trade that sent Jason Zucker to the Penguins. He has five goals among 33 NHL points in 80 regular-season games in parts of three seasons with Minnesota (2020-23).

Training camp invitees

The Wild announced its non-roster invitees for training camp on Tuesday. Twenty of them competed in the Tom Kurvers Prospects Showcase last weekend at TRIA, including Sammy Walker, who played nine NHL games for the Wild last season, and 2023 second-round picks Riley Heidt and Rasmus Kumpulainen.

The Wild also released forwards Gavin Hain, Roman Kukumberg, Carson Latimer and Ryan McGuire, and goaltenders Chase Coward and Harrison Meneghin, from their amateur tryouts.

Forwards: Walker, Heidt, Kumpulainen, Louis Boudon, Brett Budgell, Maxim Cajkovic, Casey Dornbach, Hunter Haight,, Pavel Novak, Servac Petrovsky, Kale Kessy, Greg Meireles, Mike O’Leary, Joel Teasdale, Brenden Miller. Defensemen: Ben Brinkman, Daemon Hunt, Simon Johansson, Landon Kosior, Carson Lambos, Kyle Masters, Ryan O’Rourke, Kalem Parker, David Spacek.


The Wild’s first preseason game is scheduled for Sunday afternoon at Colorado. Puck drop is 2 p.m.

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