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Spurgeon Signs Extension Through 2020
Monday, Dec. 21
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:
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.