The Minnesota Wild has signed defenseman Jared Spurgeon to a four-year, $20.75 million contract extension starting with the 2016-17 season.
Spurgeon, 26 (11/29/89), owns 16 points (4-12=16), four penalty minutes (PIM) and a plus-4 rating in 31 games this season. He leads the team in blocked shots (65), ranks second in TOI/game (22:15) and his point total ranks second amongst Wild defensemen and tied for seventh overall on the team.
Spurgeon collected 25 points (9-16=25) in 66 games with Minnesota last season and established career highs in goals, shots (128) and blocked shots (124) and ranked second amongst team defensemen in scoring and third in blocked shots and TOI/game (22:37). The 5-foot-9, 176-pound native of Edmonton, Alta., has collected 117 points (30-87=117) and a plus-18 rating in 326 career NHL games during six seasons with Minnesota (2010-15). He has been whistled for the fewest PIM (38) amongst NHL defensemen that have played at least 300 games in the NHL since 2010-11.
Spurgeon ranks third amongst defensemen in franchise history in goals, game-winning goals (eight), power-play goals (15) and blocked shots (491), fourth in games played, fifth in shots (459), plus/minus rating and hits (264), tied for fifth in power-play points (43) and sixth in scoring. His 10 points (4-6=10) and 28 playoff contests ranks tied for first amongst team defensemen in franchise history. He was originally signed by Minnesota as a free agent on Sept. 23, 2010. Spurgeon was drafted by the New York Islanders in the sixth round (No. 156 overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.