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Wild re-sign Scandella to two-year contract

Monday, 06.17.2013 / 6:04 PM / News

By Connor Mellas - NHL.com Staff Writer

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Wild re-sign Scandella to two-year contract
The Minnesota Wild re-signed restricted free-agent defenseman Marco Scandella to a two-year contract on Monday.

The Minnesota Wild re-signed restricted free-agent defenseman Marco Scandella to a two-year contract on Monday. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that the deal will pay Scandella $900,000 in 2013-14 and $1.15 million in '14-15, for an average annual value of $1.05 million.

Scandella, a 23-year-old Montreal native, played in all five of the Wild's playoff games against the Chicago Blackhawks during this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs, scoring a goal and adding an assist while averaging 18:01 of ice time. He had a goal in six regular-season games with the Wild after scoring twice and finishing with 17 points in 45 games with the Houston Aeros, the Wild's American Hockey League affiliate.

Scandella has four goals and 15 points in 89 games during parts of three seasons with the Wild, which selected him in the second round (No. 55) of the 2008 NHL Draft.

The Wild have a number of other restricted free agents who must be tendered contracts if the team wants to retain their rights -- they include forward Cal Clutterbuck and defensemen Justin Falk and Jared Spurgeon. Any RFA not tendered an offer can become an unrestricted free agent on July 5.

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