Wild, Niederreiter agree to 5-year, $26.25M deal

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 1, 2017

That said, in line for a significant raise this offseason, Niederreiter settled for salmon fishing in Alaska with his father, René, and a few of his closest friends.

"With the contract situation, I tried to stay on the ground and not do anything, uh, stupid", Niederreiter joked.

On Sunday, Niederreiter signed a five-year, $26.25 million deal that will keep him tethered to the Wild through the 2021-22 season. Wild winger Mikael Granlund is still scheduled to go to arbitration on Friday. Not sure what was going to happen. "But at the end of the day that's the coach's job and I can only control what I can control".

Armed with the most lucrative contract of his young career, Niederreiter says he's ready to take another step forward a year after scoring a career-high 25 goals.

Niederreiter is the only Swiss-born player to ever record at least 20 goals in a single National Hockey League season - a feat he has accomplished each of the past three seasons.

His memorable overtime goal in Game 7 against the Colorado Avalanche sent the Wild into the second round in 2014.

"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", GM Chuck Fletcher said in a statement.

"I definitely haven't had my best season yet", Niederreiter told reporters during a conference call Monday. I don't think everything went perfectly smooth (last season). There's always been stretches during the season where I don't find the score sheet, and that's definitely something which I want to improve.

Asked if he's ready for more ice time, Niederreiter said, "I feel like I was ready previous year". He averaged 15 minutes, 4 seconds in 2016-17, eighth among Wild forwards.

Still, after suffering through a 16-game scoring drought late in the season, Niederreiter says he still has room to grow. "At the end of the day as a player you feel like you're always ready to play more and get more ice time", he said. That's something I learned early on in my career, that too much thinking isn't going to do any good.

More goals, more ice time and more money.

"I'm preparing myself to get more minutes, and if that's the case, then great".

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