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Zuccarello agrees to five-year contract with Wild

Forward gets $30 million after he had 40 points for Rangers, Stars last season @NHLdotcom

Zuccarello signs with the Wild

Mats Zuccarello, Wild agree to five-year contract

Forward Mats Zuccarello agrees to a five-year, $30 million contract with the Minnesota Wild

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Mats Zuccarello agreed to terms on a five-year, $30 million contract with the Minnesota Wild on Monday. It has an average annual value of $6 million.

The 31-year-old forward had 40 points (12 goals, 28 assists) in 48 games with the Dallas Stars and New York Rangers last season, including three points (one goal, two assists) in two games after he was traded to Dallas on Feb. 23.

"I'm really excited to spend the next five years in Minnesota. It's a hockey-crazy state," Zuccarello said. "When you call yourself the State of Hockey, it's got to mean something. I love that about Minnesota. My favorite player growing up was [former Wild forward Marian] Gaborik, and he played in Minnesota, so I always followed that team.

"It's just really exciting for me to be able come to that team. I like to be able to create something special with the group and everyone around. It's important for me to know that I'm going to spend a lot of years with the same team and create that kind of bond. That was really important to me and I'm really happy that they gave me the chance." 

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Zuccarello tied for the Stars lead with 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in 13 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Signed as an undrafted free agent by the Rangers on May 26, 2010, Zuccarello has 355 points (114 goals, 241 assists) in 511 regular-season games and 42 points (15 goals, 27 assists) in 73 playoff games.

"I just think, firstly, Mats Zuccarello, his skill level, his compete, his passion for the game. I've watched him play for so many years, he's always been attractive to me as a guy that can help your team get to another level," Wild general manager Paul Fenton said. "He competes every night, and I know offensively, the way we were challenged last year with having 11 shutouts, he's got the opportunity to create and to score some goals for us." correspondent Jessi Pierce contributed to this report

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