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Wild Extend Jared Spurgeon for 4 years, $20.75M

The Wild made another move to solidify their defense in the years to come

4 more years!
4 more years!
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The Wild today answered one of their most often asked questions and most discussed topics by re-signing Jared Spurgeon for 4 years with an AAV of $5.2M.  This ultimately means the Wild value the player enough to make another long-term investment in paying a homegrown player the salary he has earned in the open market.  Spurgeon has spent time in the top pairing this year after climbing through the depth chart of the Wild after being jettisoned by the New York Islanders.  The diminutive defenseman has quietly become one of the better possession-driving blue liners in the league, and is an integral piece to the success of the Wild's defensive play over the last few years.  Retaining him or gaining value from him through a trade were the top priority of GM Chuck Fletcher in the upcoming offseason, but he was able to take care of the situation by re-signing him today.

The remaining question lingering is how it will affect the salary cap moving forward, and what other moves might the Wild need to make to make the team better following the season.  With Spurgeon's raise, the Wild now have approximately $7.36M space remaining to the cap heading into next year, with 14 players under contract.  That means there are 9 players who are currently unsigned and must under the cap, including Jason Zucker and Matt Dumba as well as the center position, which the team needs to upgrade.  It will be interesting to see how this signing impacts the rest of this season, and what other moves may now be set up or become needed to make sure to fit under the cap.  The Wild can always choose to buy out or trade away a player with a big cap hit following the season, but a potential trade could also fix the issue.

Regardless of the cap situation, the Wild now have their top 4 defenders under contract for the forseeable future.  Those 4 in Spurgeon, Ryan Suter, Marco Scandella and Jonas Brodin have shown their mettle and amongst the elite in the NHL and barring trades, will be together for the next four years.  Stay tuned for continuing coverage.  Here's a look at the cap for this year and next.


Forwards (13) Age Pos
2015-16 2016-17


Zach Parise 31 LW
7,538,462 7,538,462


Mikko Koivu 32 C
6,750,000 6,750,000


Thomas Vanek 31 LW
6,500,000 6,500,000


Jason Pominville 33 RW
5,600,000 5,600,000


Charlie Coyle 23 C
3,200,000 3,200,000

Mikael Granlund 23 C
3,000,000 3,000,000

Nino Niederreiter 23 RW
2,666,667 2,666,667

Erik Haula 24 C
1,000,000 1,000,000

Justin Fontaine 28 RW
1,000,000 UFA

Jason Zucker 23 LW
900,250 RFA


Tyler Graovac 22 C
747,500 RFA

Ryan Carter 32 C
625,000 UFA

Chris Porter 31 LW
575,000 UFA


Defense (7) Age Pos
2015-16 2016-17


Ryan Suter 30 D
7,538,462 7,538,462


Jonas Brodin 22 D
4,166,667 4,166,667

Marco Scandella 25 D
4,000,000 4,000,000

Jared Spurgeon 26 D
2,666,667 5,187,500


Mike Reilly 22 D
925,000 925,000


Matt Dumba 21 D
894,167 RFA

Nate Prosser 29 D
625,000 625,000


Goalies (3) Age Pos
2015-16 2016-17


Devan Dubnyk 29 G
4,333,333 4,333,333


Niklas Backstrom 37 G
3,416,667 UFA

Darcy Kuemper 25 G
1,250,000 RFA

Buyout (1) Age Pos
2015-16 2016-17

Matt Cooke
500,000 1,000,000

Current Roster Size 23 14

Estimated Total Salary 72,255,000 67,9875000

Estimated Total Cap Hit 70,418,842 64,031,091

Carryover Overage Bonus 0 0

* Potential Performance Bonuses 2,092,500 1,100,000

Estimated Cap Space 981,158 7,368,909

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