...the Minnesota Wild added 3 veteran fowards to their squad. GM Greg Dockus spent a lot of green, most likely overpaying some, for Martin Lapointe, Dallas Drake and Yanic Perreault, all getting 4 year deals. Lapointe scored the biggest payday, getting $13,600,000, Drake getting $12,100,000 and Perreault signing for $11,300,000. "If we did overpay, we did so out of need. We badly needed some grit and veterans to go along with St Louis, Nagy, Sturm, Ribiero and our other skilled players. These guys know how to win, they will do the dirty work for us and that's something we really haven't had in the past. And that's been my responsibilty, so I addressed our needs. With Bergeron likely to join the team as well with possibly Lombardi too, we had to add someone who will show our kids what it takes. And Martin, and particularly Dallas play with their hearts on their sleeves. This is now a playoff team. Adding Lapoine, Drake, Perreault and Harmlik without giving up anyone on our roster really excites us in Minnesota." In a related story, Wild ticket prices are expected to go up between 20-40% this year.