Fixing the offense is likely to headline the Wild’s summer, but the defense is also poised to receive attention.
Jared Spurgeon will be eligible to sign a contract extension, an opportunity the Wild plans to prioritize on its offseason calendar.
“It will certainly be addressed,” General Manager Paul Fenton said. “You see how much of an impact he has on our organization.”
Spurgeon has one season remaining on his four-year, $20.75 million contract and can sign a new deal July 1. Although he’d have the option to test out free agency in 2020, Spurgeon said he wants to remain with the Wild.
“My family loves it here,” he said. “We love it here. I want to win here, so you can just go about it the way you can and let your agent do his thing.”
This past season was the best of Spurgeon’s career; he established career-highs in goals (14), assists (29) and points (43) while playing the eighth-most minutes in the NHL (1,979 minutes, 52 seconds). His 145 shot blocks were most on the Wild, and Spurgeon also had the most shorthanded ice time at 192:23.