Sheppard re-signs one-year deal

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild have re-signed center
James Sheppard to a one-year contract.

The deal, worth $803,250, was announced Wednesday.

Qualifying offers were made
to restricted free-agent left wing Guillaume Latendresse and backup
goalie Josh Harding.

The Wild were required to extend the offers by
June 28 if they wanted to retain the right of first refusal for
both players.

Minnesota picked Sheppard ninth overall in 2006, but he has been
a disappointment in three years with the team. Sheppard scored just
two goals with four assists in 64 games for the Wild last season.

The Wild also extended qualifying offers to goalie Anton
Khudobin, defenseman Nate Prosser and left wing Matt Kassian. The
team released center Morten Madsen and defenseman Jamie Fraser.

Information from ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun and The Associated Press was used in this report.