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Report: Wild want 2-4 year deal for Niederreiter

Jul 17, 2014, 11:10 AM EDT

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Though contract negotiations appear as though they’ll be complex, it sounds like Minnesota knows what it wants to do with current RFA forward Nino Niederreiter.

From the Minnesota Star-Tribune:

As GM Chuck Fletcher told me last week, his preference would be to sign Niederreiter to a two- to four-year deal, although my guess is at the end of the day, it’ll be a two-year bridge contract.

This way, Niederreiter gives himself the ability to pile up numbers the next two years and then tries to hit a homer on his next contract.

The Niederreiter negotiations figure to be difficult. At 21, he’s got huge upside — as evident by his fifth overall selection at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft — but has a limited body of big-league work to bring to the table.

After a nine-game cameo with the Isles as an 18-year-old and a ghastly 55-game stint in 2011-12 (where he infamously scored just one point and racked up a minus-29 rating), Niederreiter broke out in his first season with the Wild this year, scoring 14 goals and 36 points in 81 games.

In the playoffs, he proved to be one of Minnesota’s most dangerous forwards, going for six points in 13 games while notching the Game 7 OT winner against Colorado in Round 1.

So yeah, there aren’t many comparables out there for that.

If Niederreiter does go the way of the bridge deal, it’ll be interesting to see what kind of money he can get out of it. His three-year entry-level deal had an average annual value of $2.795M, but the majority of that was contingent upon performance bonuses. His actual salary averaged out to $870,000 per year.

  1. yetidad - Jul 17, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    Sign him to as long a K as possible. Then re-sign him one that is up. He is only going to get better. MTC.

  2. youngs79 - Jul 17, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    Fletcher completely fleeced Garth Snow on that trade. I don’t think he’ll be hard to sign at all. He figures in the future plans, and more importantly, wants to be there.

    • islesjb - Jul 17, 2014 at 1:18 PM

      Give me Cal Clutterbuck any day of the week and twice on Sunday…. sigh… yeah they really fked this one up.

      It’s not even the poor return they got for him; it’s the mismanagement of talent that brought them to the point where they were forced to trade him. Yes Nino did act like a brat but I can understand getting upset when you’re a top 5 overall pick and you’re playing 4th line minutes on a line with Jay Pandolfo and Marty fkin Reasoner.

  3. endusersolutions2013 - Jul 17, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    I still remember visually him scoring the winning goal in that amazing game 7 win over the Avalanche.

    • wutangwild - Jul 17, 2014 at 1:09 PM

      And Brodzy subsequently jumping up and down like a giddy schoolgirl lol

      • ignath - Jul 17, 2014 at 2:23 PM

        Brodz in the corner is my most vivid moment of that score. His face is beaming like a cherub as he hops up and down in place…so great!

      • purpleguy - Jul 17, 2014 at 2:29 PM

        I think Brodziak needs to work on his vertical though – he cleared about 3 inches on that jump.

      • wutangwild - Jul 17, 2014 at 3:15 PM

        Brodz needs to work more on FINISHING golden opportunities before I worry about his vert jump lol so frustrating to watch sometimes…

    • bhinrichs9 - Jul 17, 2014 at 1:16 PM

      The sound it made was just as sweet.

  4. wutangwild - Jul 17, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    As soon as ink hits the paper I’m buying his jersey. One of my favorite Wild players and gives 100% every shift. He led the team in +/- for the majority of the season I believe, which is saying something given our lack of scoring. Thanks again, Mr. Snow!

  5. purplove1 - Jul 17, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    There are enough EX Islanders that could make up a pretty good NHL team, starting with NIno!!

  6. purpleguy - Jul 17, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    If he plays like he did in the playoffs, he’ll be worth every penny. It would probably benefit both sides to do a 2 year deal to ensure longer term fair market contract value. The problem, as Islanders fans can attest, is that Nino’s agent is a pretty hardcore negotiator.

  7. guitarhunterdude - Jul 17, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    If he hadn’t been relegated to playing in the bottom-six for well over half the season because of Yeo’s weird Charlie Coyle fetish, I think we’d be debating whether Nino or Granlund had the better season last year. Nino’s got a wicked wrister (though I’d like to see it more), gets into the low slot pretty well, he’s got decent speed, isn’t the defensive liability or floater that he was touted as when we traded for him, has pretty good playmaking vision, and he drives possession,

    If we can lock him up for four years, I’d be happy. He doesn’t have a ton of leverage at this point, so I feel like it’s a possibility. If he gets the minutes, I think he’s going to break out as a Wayne Simmonds-type player in the next couple years. In which case, he’s gonna get paid pretty well. Max out the term while he’s relatively cheap, I say.

    • rsmaggiemae - Jul 18, 2014 at 1:20 AM

      I agree with you about Yeo and his favorites on the team, Koivu,Brodzy, Coyle
      In some instances in my opinion Yeo did not make the correct decisions with his players to win games… I could never understand putting Haula on a more defensive type game. when he can fly down the ice and score…
      There were other issues I had with Yeo
      Putting his 4th line out against the 1st line of the opposing team when the Wild has last change???
      When the Wild are behind by 1 goal he puts Brodzy out for the last 2-3 minutes of the game and Brodzy missed 17 one man rushes to the net with NO GOALS SCORED.
      what was this coach thinking of??? I feel as though Yeo does not want to hurt the feelings of his veterans by benching them for a bit, if thier play stinks…bench them . this is a business and you do anything to win games, forget hurt feelings that is part of the game….
      he does not in all instances use hockey strategy to win games and does not put the productive players out to win the game…. brodzy is not going to do it ….

      I doubt if the Wild will be able to trade Brodzy and he is getting paid 3 mil a year, but then Yeo has stated over and over again he likes his defensive play…..
      If they do trade him, who will they get for him????
      Koivu in the last 2 years during the playoffs has disappeared on the ice…. cant find him at all…. just does not do much during the playoffs and he is the captain who is suppose to lead this team…. and a 6,5 mil a year?????It looks as though he has lost a step in his game …..

  8. multiplemiggs - Jul 18, 2014 at 6:56 AM

    Minnesota fans are retarded. He’s a bust YA’KNOW?! I hope this franchise packs up and moves to Houston. LOL Minnesota…what a douchey state.

    • wutangwild - Jul 18, 2014 at 7:48 AM

      You sound like a booty-bothered Isles fan.

    • youngs79 - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:52 AM

      multiplemiggs, the only douche is you MF’er.

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