Ex-Badger Dowell signs with Wild, Suter next?

The Minnesota Wild have agreed to terms with free agent center Jake Dowell, the team announced Tuesday night.

On Tuesday, the NHL club released the following tweet: "BREAKING: The #mnwild has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with forward Jake Dowell. Another Badger in the fold."

Dowell is a former University of Wisconsin teammate of prized NHL free agent Ryan Suter. Both men also share the same agent, Neil Sheehy. Sheey shared a flight with Wild executives to Madison to meet with Suter Tuesday afternoon. Adding to the drama is the fact Dowell, Suter & free agent Zach Praise were all teammates on the golf medal winning USA team at the World Jr. Championships in 2003-04. That squad was coached by the Badgers Mike Eaves.

Last winter, Dowell played 52 games for the Dallas Stars, producing a pair of goals.

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