Iowa signs Fortunus to two-year deal

The Iowa Wild have signed defenseman Maxime Fortunus to a two-year American Hockey League contract, the team announced Wednesday.

Fortunus, 31, enters his 13th pro season in 2015-16 having appeared in 698 career AHL games with the Houston Aeros (2003-05), Manitoba Moose (2005-09) and Texas Stars (2009-15), where he served as captain the last three years. The native of La Prairie, Que., has recorded 64 goals and 178 assists for 242 points in the AHL, and has also skated in 118 career AHL playoff games, reaching the Calder Cup Finals in 2009 and 2010 before winning the championship with Texas in 2014.

In 2014-15, Fortunus tallied nine goals and 25 assists for 34 points in 65 games for Texas, and was selected by the AHL to captain the Western Conference squad at the 2015 AHL All-Star Classic in Utica, N.Y.

Undrafted, Fortunus has played nine career NHL games, all with Dallas.