Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has agreed to terms with restricted free-agent forward Nino Niederreiter on a five-year contract with a $5.25 million average annual value ($4.6 million in 2017-18, $6.075 million in 2018-19, $5.85 million in 2019-20, $4.25 million in 2020-21 and $5.475 million in 2021-22).

"Nino has had a big impact on our club during the last four seasons and we're very happy to know that will continue in the future," said Fletcher. "He's grown into his role as one of the offensive leaders of this group and his shot and net-front presence will continue to play a major role in our team's success. Nino has a great attitude and personality, and we know our fans will be as happy as we are about this news.

Niederreiter, 24, totaled 57 points (25-32=57) and 53 penalty minutes (PIM) in 82 games with Minnesota in 2016-17, setting career highs in points, goals, assists, plus/minus rating (+17), PIM, power-play goals (8), power-play assists (6), power-play points (14), shots on goal (186) and multi-point games (14). The 6-foot-2, 211-pound native of Chur, Switzerland, was one of four Wild players to appear in every game in 2016-17, and led the team in power-play goals, ranked second in multi-point games, third in goals, shots on goal and hits (120), fourth in points and T-4th in PIM.