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St. Paul, MN (MNN Sports) -- The Minnesota Wild finished a drawn-out negotiation with Mikael Granlund by locking up the center with a two-year deal on Wednesday. The 23-year-old Granlund had eight goals and 31 assists last season. He ranked third on the team in plus-minus rating with a plus-17 and the team hopes he continues his path to becoming one of the team's top playmakers.
Reports have the deal worth $6 million. The shorter deal was a way for the two sides to stay together while gaining a better idea of Granlund's long-term potential. The Wild also announced two-year deals with defensemen Nate Prosser and Mike Reilly and a one-year deal with forward Ryan Carter.
The Wild announced yesterday they’re bringing some bodies in to add depth to the organization – mainly with their farm team the Iowa Wild. Yesteday they signed forwards Zac Dalpe and Ruslan Fedotenko to one-year, two-way contracts and forward Marc Hagel to a two-year, two-way contract. Also yesterday, they signed goalie Stephen Michalek to a two-year, entry-level contract. Michalek, played for Harvard in 2014-15. The 6-foot-3, 197-pound native of Hartford was originally selected by Minnesota in the sixth round (161st overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft in Saint Paul.
Around the league, one blockbuster trade stole the spotlight. The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired high-scoring winger and former Gopher Phil Kessel from Toronto on Wednesday in the biggest move of the day, while a handful of prominent defenseman found new homes in free agency including former Gopher Paul Martin inked a $19.4 million, four-year deal with San Jose.