Friday, July 5, 2013

Wild Re-Sign Jared Spurgeon

Today the Minnesota Wild announced they have re-signed D Jared Spurgeon to a three year deal. Per Russo, the deal will cost Minnesota $2.66M towards the cap each season.

Spurgeon was an RFA this summer, and until he was signed this afternoon, it was not clear when he was going to sign. The two sides had been reportedly far apart on the specifics of the deal. Apparently it all came together this afternoon, as the specifics got worked out and Spurgeon signed on for another three years.

Jared is coming off an uneven 2013 season where he registered 5 goals, 10 assists while averaging over 21 minutes of ice time a game this season. He was a big part of the Wild power play, scoring four goals, while bouncing back and forth between the first and second PP line (sometimes Mike Yeo rolled out four forwards on the top PP, pushing Spurgeon to the second PP line). But he struggled in the last month (only 2 assists in April), and was rather abysmal in the defensive zone.

Based on the lack of great play from Spurgeon in 2013, one would say that this is a bit of overpayment for the defenseman. But should he be able to step up and be the defenseman he is capable of being, this deal will probably end up being a steal for the Wild.

Spurgeon is slated to open the season on the second d-pairing with Marco Scandella, who is also coming off an uneven 2013 season.

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