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Wild re-sign Spurgeon: three years, $8 million

Jul 5, 2013, 1:51 PM EDT

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The Minnesota Wild have agreed to terms with RFA defenseman Jared Spurgeon on a three-year, $8 million deal, according to Mike Russo of the Star-Tribune.

Spurgeon, 23, has been a constant presence on the Wild blueline over the last three seasons, posting a career-high 23 points in 2011-12 while averaging over 21 minutes per game.

The Alberta native had a productive 2013 campaign, scoring 15 points in 39 games while again averaging over 21 minutes per night.

The Spurgeon deal comes a day after Wild GM Chuck Fletcher remade his blueline by buying out Tom Gilbert and signing ex-Canucks defenseman Keith Ballard for a modest $1.5 million annually.

Ballard had a $4.2 million cap hit with Vancouver, a big reason why the club bought him out.

With the dust settled, Russo has pegged Minnesota’s top-six defense next year to feature Ryan Suter, Jonas Brodin, Marco Scandella, Clayton Stoner, Ballard and Spurgeon.

  1. vstar1us - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    I am jacked about this, I think he will do a lot more great things for the Wild! He has speed, can shot, can defend and is a 5’8″ Giant. Thank you for signing with the Wild, can’t wait to see you play after my deployment next year.

    Go Wild Go

  2. rsmaggiemae - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    Are you out of your mind??? He is not that great at all… If he could play like Suter=Brodin, yes then he is a great player He is not worth that kind of money in my mind, the Wild should have gone after another d-man At 5’8′ he really is huge compared to Charo and players like him
    What are you thinking???
    Just another faux pax signing
    The Wild are not going anywhere fast at this rate…

  3. homegrowntalentmn - Jul 5, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    Great players get paid 6mill an up. He’s a solid puck moving d man getting paid around 2.6 annually. Pipe down wanna be know it all.

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