The Minnesota Wild are keeping a key defenseman around, signing Jonas Brodin to a seven-year contract extension Tuesday.
The deal, which will begin with the 2021-22 season, will pay him $42 million. The 27-year-old native of Sweden was set to become a free agent after the 2020-21 season.
Brodin, Minnesota’s first-round pick in 2011, had 28 points (two goals, 26 assists) in 69 games this past season and was a plus-15.
He had two assists and averaged 23:48 in ice time in four games in Minnesota’s playoff loss to Vancouver.
In eight years with the Wild, Brodin has 146 points (30-116) and is plus-47. Brodin ranks third in team history among defensemen in plus/minus, fourth in blocked shots (890) and assists and fifth in points.