Jared Spurgeon, Wild Agree on New Contract: Latest Details and Reaction

Daniel Kramer@dkramer_Featured ColumnistDecember 22, 2015

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 19:  Jared Spurgeon #46 of the Minnesota Wild skates against the Boston Bruins  during the first period at TD Garden on November 19, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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The Minnesota Wild announced Monday they’ve signed Jared Spurgeon to a four-year extension worth $20.75 million, keeping their top defenseman in the fold.

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Spurgeon Signs Extension Through 2020

Monday, Dec. 21

The extension increases Spurgeon's salary from $2.66 million to $5.19 million per year, a figure that currently ranks 34th-highest among NHL defensemen, per Spotrac.

He'll also have a limited no-trade clause over the final three years, according to Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.   

The team's top defenseman was the first of three key impending free agents to sign an extension, while fellow defender Matt Dumba and left winger Jason Zucker are still in line to become restricted free agents this offseason.

While Spurgeon’s deal is handsome considering the Wild still must address other personnel, Jason Feldman of the Post-Bulletin believes it was deserved:   

Jason Feldman @PBFeldy

No issues w/Spurgeon deal. It's a lot of $ but he's so valuable in every facet -- O, D, special tms, blocking shots https://t.co/SNFSE6H4ed

The Wild have 13 players on their current roster inked past next year, per Spotrac, and general manager Chuck Fletcher will be working with a small cap—roughly $15.5 million, per Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune—to fill 10 spots. 

“Every dollar counts … Things can still change, so I think we have to be a bit cautious and maybe give ourselves a little wiggle room,” Fletcher said, per Russo. "But we’re going to do everything we can to put the best team on the ice."   

The Wild are 31-17-8 this year and seeking their fourth straight Stanley Cup playoffs appearance. Keeping a reliable piece like Spurgeon around will certainly help their case. Now comes the challenge of aligning the rest of their personnel. 


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