The Minnesota Wild have completed a massive signing ahead of the upcoming season. The organization has successfully signed forward Nino Niederreiter to a new three-year contract Thursday. According to the Star Tribune of Minneapolis, the deal is worth $8m.
The 22-year-old forward finished sixth in points for the Wild, tallying 14 goals and 22 assists. Niederreiter scored three goals and added three assists in the Wild’s playoff campaign last season.
Nino Niderreiter had instant success when he came to Minnesota via the New York Islanders last summer. He used his explosive speed to his advantage and had great chemistry with guys like Michael Granlund, Kyle Brodziak and Zach Parise. Niederreiter gives head Coach Mike Yeo that much more depth within his roster. This is a deal that the Minnesota Wild management staff were determined to complete ahead of the upcoming season.
Now with the contract signing completed, Niederreiter can concentrate on improving his game and helping his team succeed. This kid is a great two-way player, has speed, size and a deadly wrist shot. Niederreiter will be one of the team’s powerplay specialists this season, easily tally 40 points or more this year.
The Minnesota Wild have done a tremendous job building a strong roster of players over the last two seasons. The team’s number one line of Parise, Pominville and Captain Mikko Koivu proved their worth all throughout last season and the playoffs. And this off-season, the organization has made some more key signings that will strengthen the team even more. The Wild have signed forwards Thomas Vanek, Jordon Schroeder, Justin Falk and many others.
Thomas Vanek is the best free agent signing for the Minnesota Wild to date. Vanek was dropped by the Montreal Canadiens after failing to contribute enough in Montreal’s playoff campaign. However, if Vanek can avoid injuries, he’ll be one of the Wild’s top scorers. Jordon Schroeder was never really given a fair amount of ice time throughout his time in Vancouver. Hopefully, he’ll be a given more of a chance to contribute with his new team. He could be a solid, consistent fourth line option for the Wild this season.
Justin Falk will provide more depth for the Wild in the defensive end. With Keith Ballard and Ryan Suter anchoring the defense, Falk could be placed on a line Jonothan Blum or Stu Bickell this season.
This Minnesota Wild has a tremendous amount of offensive depth. Head Coach Mike Yeo should have no problems guiding this team into the playoffs again this year. And the team has the potential to finish in the top three of the Western Conference standings this year. The only thing that concerns me is that the organization still hasn’t signed goalie Darcy Kuemper. The two sides need to come to an agreement soon. Regardless, the Minnesota Wild are going to be a very tough team to beat this year.