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Wild sign defenseman Brodin to six-year extension @NHLdotcom

The Minnesota Wild signed defenseman Jonas Brodin to a six-year contract extension, the team announced Sunday. Financial terms were not disclosed, but Elliotte Friedman of "Hockey Night in Canada" reports the contract is worth $25 million

"I'm really excited," Brodin told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "I really like the organization, my teammates, the whole staff. I believe we can win. I'm really happy right now. I'm really confident my game will continue to develop."

Brodin, 21, has an assist and a plus-5 rating in two games this season while averaging 22:25 minutes per game. The No. 10 pick of the 2011 NHL Draft, Brodin finished fourth in Calder Trophy voting in 2012-13, and has 10 goals and 31 points with a plus-8 rating in 126 NHL games.

"Clearly he’s a very important player on our team right now and we figure his importance certainly isn’t going to decrease over the years (laughing)," Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher told the Star Tribune. "If anything he's going to continue to evolve and get better. He's hopefully going to be one of our cornerstone players here for the next decade.

"To have him signed through 2021 is great. He's a real big part of our present and our future. It came together very quickly. I give Brodin's agent Peter Wallen and [assistant GM] Brent [Flahr] a lot of credit. They worked hard at it. Both sides agreed that this term would make sense for both the player and the team, and we were able to come to an agreement really quickly, which was nice."

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