The Minnesota Wild have silenced any drama surrounding one of their RFA before training camp is set to open next week. Nino Niederreiter and the Wild have agreed to terms on a deal that will keep El Nino with the Wild through the 2016-17 season. The Swiss Right Winger signed a contract worth 8 million dollars over 3 years, the exact same contract that Jared Spurgeon recieved last season.
Before any deal was made Nino's agent, Andre Rufener said he had a very lucrative offer in hand from a "very good" KHL team for the past few months. He went on to say Nino would be "leaving over a million and a quarter bucks net after taxes on the table playing in Minnesota and not Russia. That's a lot of money. This guy is a Wild at heart."
This is good news for the Wild as they try to gets all their pieces in place so General Manager Chuck Fletcher knows what he has to work with when it comes time to talk contract extensions with Mikael Granlund, Charlie Coyle, Erik Haula and Jonas Brodin who, amongst a few others, become restricted free agents after this season.
Nino Niederreiter was acquired in June, 2013 in a trade with the New York Islanders that sent long-time fan favorite Cal "buttercup" Clutterbuck to Long Island. In 81 games with the Wild last season, Nino tallied 14 goals with 22 assists for 36 points in the regular season. He also played in all 13 of the Wild's playoff games, scoring 3 goals with 3 assists. His most notable goal was of course his game 7 overtime dagger in the first-round of the playoffs, knocking out the Colorado Avalanche from Stanley Cup contention.
And there were tears ...
and disbelief ...
Meanwhile, in Minnesota
Ladies and gentlemen.... We got him!