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The Wild sign Zucker to a five year deal

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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.

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