Minnesota native Taffe goes to Wild

The Minnesota Wild, parent club of the AHL’s Houston Aeros, have signed center Jeff Taffe to a one-year, two-way contract.

Taffe recorded 30 goals and 37 assists in 74 games for the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League in 2010-11. He also skated in one game with the Chicago Blackhawks. A native of Hastings, Minn., and a former University of Minnesota standout and Minnesota Mr. Hockey winner, Taffe has played parts of the last nine seasons in the AHL, recording 167 goals and 209 assists for 376 points in 463 games with Rockford, Rochester, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, San Antonio, Hartford, Utah and Springfield.

Taffe, who has set a new career high in goals each of the last three seasons, participated in the AHL All-Star Classic in 2003 and 2009.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound forward was St. Louis’ first-round pick (No. 30) in the 2000 Entry Draft, and has tallied 21 goals and 23 assists in 175 NHL contests with Chicago, Florida, Pittsburgh, the N.Y. Rangers and Phoenix.