The Wild have signed Marco Rossi to a three-year, entry-level contract.
Rossi was the No.9 overall pick in the latest NHL Draft after leading the OHL with 120 points (39G / 81A) in 56 games with the Ottawa 67's. With the OHL season in limbo, Rossi will probably get a chance to make the Wild out of training camp but he will likely go to the OHL once their season gets underway.
The Wild have signed Louis Belpedio to a one-year, two-way extension ($700K/$135K).
Belpedio spent the entire 2020 season with the Iowa Wild (AHL), collecting 20 points (5G / 15A) and 102 PIMS in 62 games. Since being drafted in the third round in 2014, the 24-year-old defenseman has appeared in three NHL games, picking up two assists.
Source: PuckPedia 10/24/20, 1:07 pm EST
The Wild have signed Ian McCoshen to a one-year, two-way contract.
Source: @mnwildPR 10/19/20, 2:50 pm EST
The Wild have re-signed Kaapo Kahkonen to a two-year deal worth $1.45 million ($725K AAV).
The Wild have re-signed Jordan Greenway to a two-year extension worth $4.2 million ($2.1M AAV).
Greenway set a new career-high with 28 points (8G / 20A) in 67 games in 2019-20. With Kirill Kaprizov coming over from the KHL, Greenway gets pushed down the depth chart, likely limiting him to a third-line role for most of 2021. The big, physical power-forward ranked third on the Wild with 95 hits last year.
The Wild have signed Dakota Mermis to a one-year, two-way contract ($700K/$250K).
Mermis is a hard-working defenseman but doesn't bring a lot of offence to the equation. He had four points in 10 games with the Coyotes last season but that was an outlier when you put it up against his AHL numbers. The Wild have a quality blueline, so it will be difficult for Mermis to crack that group to start 2021.
The Wild have signed Joseph Cramarossa to a one-year, two-way deal ($700K/$160K).
Cramarossa has been stuck in the AHL for the last three seasons and will likely remain there in 2021. He is a 6-foot, 195 lbs. winger who had just 12 points (5G / 7A) and 110 PIMS in 42 games with the Rockford IceHogs in 2020.
Source: PuckPedia 10/9/20, 5:37 pm EST
The Wild have signed Cam Talbot to a three-year deal worth $11.0 million ($3.67M AAV).
The Wild have re-signed Matt Bartkowski to a one-year, two-way contract.
Bartowski is a veteran defenseman that has been around for nearly a decade. He had a decent run in the NHL five years ago but has been an AHLer in recent years. In 2020, he had 18 points (2G / 16A) in 55 games with Iowa and will be on the shortlist to fill a spot in Minnesota if they get hit hard by injuries.
Source: @mnwild 10/9/20, 9:53 am EST
The Wild have re-signed Kyle Rau to a one-year, two-way contract.
Rau appeared in six games with the Wild in 2020, spending most of the year in Iowa (AHL), where he was fourth on the team with 43 points (14G / 29A) in 51 games. Rau has had a couple of very brief stints in the NHL, totalling five points (2G / 3A) in 42 games and looks like a player that will spend most of 2021 in the AHL again.
Source: @mnwild 10/9/20, 9:51 am EST
The Wild have acquired Nick Bonino, a 2020 second-round pick (No.37 overall) and a 2020 third-round pick (No.70 overall) from the Predators for Luke Kunin and a 2020 fourth-round pick (No.101 overall).
Bonino has one-year left at $4.1M AAV and address a major need at centre for the 2020-21 campaign. Bonino is a solid player but his his offensive output is capped. In three years with Nashville, Bonino averaged 18 goals and 18 assists (36 points) per 82 games. He'll likely centre the third line in Minnesota.
The Wild have re-signed Carson Soucy to a three-year contract worth $8.25 million ($2.75M AAV).
In his first full season in the NHL, Soucy produced seven goals and seven assists (14 points) in 55 games. The 6-foot-4 defenseman has never been a big point producer, so that 21-point per 82-game pace is probably close to his ceiling moving forward. He can play a physical brand of hockey though, ranking second among Wild defensemen in Hits/60 (4.81).
The Wild have re-signed Nico Sturm to a two-year deal worth $1.45 million ($725K AAV).
Sturm spent most of his first professional season in the AHL, where he was fifth on Iowa with 32 points (12G / 20A) in 55 games. With Eric Staal traded to Buffalo, Ryan Donato traded to San Jose and both Mikko Koivu and Alex Galchenyuk expected to hit free agency, the door is wide open for Sturm to play in the NHL full-time in 2021.
The Wild have acquired Marcus Johansson from the Sabres for Eric Staal.
The Wild likely acquired Johansson with the idea of him playing centre but he hasn't been very good in the middle throughout his career, including last year in Buffalo. Johansson had just nine goals and 30 points in 60 games with the Sabres in 2019-20 and now joins a Minnesota team devoid of a No.1 centre.
Source: PuckPedia 09/16/20, 6:21 pm EST
The Wild have signed Jonas Brodin to a seven-year, $42M extension ($6.0M AAV).
Brodin is entering the final year of a six-year deal that he signed in 2014. Starting in the 2021-22 season, Brodin's AAV will go up from $4.167M to $6.0M, tying him for the 26th highest-paid blueliner in the NHL. Brodin is a terrific defensive-defenseman but is also coming off of a career-high 28 points (2G / 26A) in 69 games.
The Wild have acquired Nick Bjugstad from the Penguins for a conditional 2021 draft pick.
Bjugstad missed 46 games after undergoing core muscle surgery in 2020 and then was hurt again three games after returning to the lineup and then the season was paused. Bjugstad has missed a total of 92 games (39.5%) over the last three seasons but will look for a fresh start in his hometown. Bjusgstad was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and went to the University of Minnesota, so this should be a welcomed move for the 28-year-old centre. Both Mikko Koivu and Alex Galchenyuk are UFAs at season's end, so there could be a very clear path to a bottom-6 role for Bjugstad.
Source: @penguins 09/14/20, 10:16 am EST