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Gaborik signs

Restricted free agent Marian Gaborik signed a multiyear deal with the Wild, four days after the sides traded terse statements suggesting a long impasse might continue.

The All-Star right wing left town Monday after saying he was "very disappointed" that nothing was accomplished after two face-to-face meetings with Wild management.

But Gaborik, who rejected one offer this summer and another two days before training camp, returned to the Twin Cities on Thursday night. He agreed to a three-year, $9.5-million contract, Canadian network TSN reported on its Web site.

"I wanted to play," he said. "That's the most important thing right now."

BLACKHAWKS: Free-agent defenseman Bryan Berard signed a one-year deal. The former NHL rookie of the year will earn $2.01-million this season.

SENATORS: Center Mike Fisher had surgery on his right elbow and will miss 4-6 weeks.

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