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Wild forsake rights to former Michigan State star Thelen

Updated: June 1, 2007, 8:45 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild relinquished their rights to 2004 first-round draft pick A.J. Thelen on Friday after being unable to sign him to a contract.

The Wild chose the 6-foot-3 defenseman from Savage with the 12th overall pick in the 2004 draft. He was coming off a stellar freshman season at Michigan State, where he was named second-team All-American.

But Thelen ran into trouble at the school and was kicked off the hockey team after being caught drinking underage.

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