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  • Wilderness Walk: Stuck on Zuck


    Jason Zucker is staying the State of Hockey. He signed a five year deal for $27.5 million. That’s a pretty good deal all around. Zucker gets a big raise on his previous contract. The Wild lock down a major contributor on offense for a good deal for a 30+ goals, 60+ point scorer without overpaying for him. The Wild are showing a lot of confidence that Zucker’s career year last season was just another step in his development and not a fluke season. I think Zucker earned that from the Wild.

    With the two big RFAs of the offseason taken care of, perhaps Paul Fenton will shift his attention to making a trade or two. While the Wild could field a NHL-ready roster as is, the reality is that the team is one key injury away from watching the wheels come off this bus. Long term injuries to either Eric Staal or Mikko Koivu would pretty much sink the ship. Acquiring a top 6 center would do much to alleviate the pressure the team is under, but those kind of deals are difficult to negotiate.



    Wild News

    Jason Zucker gets five-year, $27.5 million deal with Wild - StarTribune.com
    The 26-year-old winger had a career-high 33 goals last season and was a Clancy Trophy finalist.

    Jason Zucker, Wild agree to five-year, $27.5 million contract
    After a back-and-forth negotiating process, the Wild and restricted free agent Jason Zucker have finally agreed to a deal. Zucker plans to sign a five-year, $27.5 million contract to remain in the Twin Cities, the team announced on Wednesday afternoon. His deal will carry an average annual value (AAV) of $5.5 million, making him the fifth-highest-paid player on the team.

    With Dumba signed, Wild need to turn focus to locking Zucker up long term – TheHockeyNews
    Over the weekend, the Minnesota Wild took care of one of their most pressing pieces of business. With defenseman Matt Dumba up for a new contract and arbitration on the horizon, GM Paul Fenton got down to work and inked the blueliner to a five-year, $30-million pact. But with one arbitration case off the docket, at ...

    Wild agree to five-year, $27.5M deal with Jason Zucker
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    Down Goes Brown: What to make of 6 confusing teams - Sportsnet.ca
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