Wild ink deals with Mavericks' Palmquist, Vermont goalie

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The Minnesota Wild agreed to terms Monday with Minnesota State-Mankato defenseman Zach Palmquist and Vermont goaltender Brody Hoffman.

Palmquist, 24, played in an MSU-Mankato record 160 consecutive games during his collegiate career. The South St. Paul native finished this season fourth on the Mavericks in scoring with 8 goals and 21 assists.

The Mavericks were the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament but lost in heartbreaking fashion Saturday to 16-seed Rochester Institute of Technology.

Palmquist was involved the game-deciding play, a controversial play in which he was either pushed or fell into his own goalie. When the goalie toppled over, RIT took a shot and scored the game-winning goal. Minnesota State head coach Mike Hastings thought Palmquist was pushed, but the referees didn't see it the same way and the goal was allowed to stand.

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Hoffman, 24, went 13-6-2 with a 2.06 goals-against average a .922 save percentage as a junior this season for Vermont.

Both players signed one-year entry-level contracts. Hoffman won't play for the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League; Palmquist will report to Iowa on an amateur tryout, the Star Tribune reports.

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