As per Michael Russo of The Athletic, the Minnesota Wild have signed defenseman Jonas Brodin. With the deal, the Wild have locked up one of the key members of their blue line, inking him to a seven-year extension with an average annual value of $6 million. With one year left on his current deal, Brodin’s new contract won’t kick in until the start of the 2021-22 seasons and will run him through the 2027-28 season as part of the Wild organization.
As per the team website, Brodin, 27, tallied 28 points (2-26=28), a plus-15 rating, 24 penalty minutes (PIM) and 112 blocked shots in 69 games with Minnesota in 2019-20. This meant he set career highs in points and assists. He also led the team in blocked shots and shorthanded points (2), and he ranked second in plus/minus rating and fourth in assists.
Important to note here that Brodin’s new seven-year contract extension with the Wild includes a NMC in the first four years of the deal, and applies to the final-year of his current deal. Both Jared Spurgeon and Ryan Suter have no-movement clauses in their contracts meaning they have to be protected come the NHL Expansion Draft as it pertains to Seattle joining the league. Since the Wild can only protect three defensemen in the regular format, that could open up a trade including Matt Dumba.
What’s Next On Wild Blue Line?
There has been speculation the Wild might deal Dumba for help at the forward position, but it wasn’t the best idea to shop Dumba until the Wild knew for certain Brodin would be back.
With the combination of Brodin, Spurgeon, Suter and Dumba accounting for more than $27 million on the Wild’s balance sheet, that may be deemed too much money for the Wild to have invested when they badly need scoring help.
New GM Bill Guerin is interested in making a few changes to the team but it looks like his first major order of business was locking up one of the key pieces on the team’s blue line.
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