The Minnesota Wild and goaltender Devan Dubnyk agreed to terms on a six-year contract Saturday.
"The most exciting thing for me is knowing I get to be part of a really good hockey team for a long time," Dubnyk told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "Getting a chance to play with that group of guys last year was the best experience for me. I’m real excited."
The contract is worth $26 million, an average annual value of $4.33 million, with the highest salaries in the first four years and a limited no-trade clause for part of the contract, the Star Tribune reported.
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"He's been very clear that he wanted to remain in Minnesota, and we've been adamant about trying to keep him," general manager Chuck Fletcher told reporter Michael Russo. "We've been chasing stability in the goaltending position, and we're hopeful that Devan can be a steadying influence back there."
The Wild have goaltenders Niklas Backstrom and Darcy Kuemper under contract through the 2015-16 season.
Minnesota acquired Dubnyk from the Arizona Coyotes on Jan. 13 in a trade for a third-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. Dubnyk was 27-9-2 with a 1.78 goals-against average, .936 save percentage and five shutouts in 39 games with the Wild.
He was a finalist for the Vezina Trophy and helped the Wild reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs, where they lost in the Western Conference Second Round to the Chicago Blackhawks.
Fletcher played down the risk of giving Dubnyk a long-term contract after only a half-season with Minnesota.
"He's 29 years old. He's entering the prime of his career. He's had some good seasons in Edmonton and had a great season this year," Fletcher said. "We're not asking him to duplicate what he did this year every year. Maybe that's not realistic, but we believe he can be a good goaltender in this league. He's right at the stage of his career where he's ready to take off."
Dubnyk was the Edmonton Oilers' first-round pick (No. 14) in the 2004 NHL Draft. He has an NHL record of 97-91-26 with a 2.69 GAA, .914 save percentage and 14 shutouts.
"His numbers have been above average to good for four of his six seasons," Fletcher said.
"Believe me, we've analyzed this to death. We've looked at it every which way and we're very comfortable with the analytics behind this signing."