Sunday, October 12, 2014

Jonas Brodin Signs Six Year Extension

Photo: Ron Chenoy-USA Today
This morning the Wild announced that Jonas Brodin signed a six year contract extension. The deal will expire following the 2020-21 season and will eat up two of Brodin's unrestricted free agency years.

Chad Graff of the Pioneer Press has reported that the deal is worth $25 million over the six years, giving it an annual cap hit of $4.167 million.

After breaking into the league during the lockout shortened 2012-13 season, Brodin had a slight stepback in 2013-14. He has spent a majority of his time with the Wild on the team's top defensive pair with Ryan Suter. His 2014-15 season has gotten off to a good start and it looks like he is in line to take another step forward.

Right now, Jonas Brodin might not be worth $4.167 million. But in two years, its more than likely the Wild will be calling this deal a steal.

Brodin is just 21 years old. Its hard to believe he was drafted by Minnesota only three years ago. But despite the young age he has shown poise beyond his years, and has proven he can handle being on the ice alongside Suter in playing big minutes. He still has room for improvement offensively, but overall the Wild have found a solid defenseman for many many years to come.

Brodin this afternoon when talking to the Star Tribune, "I’m really excited. I really like the organization, my teammates, the whole staff. I believe we can win. I’m really happy right now."

I think I can speak for the rest of Minnesota when I say we are happy right now too, Jonas. Thanks for sticking around for six more years.

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