Kevin Fiala signed a two-year, $6 million contract with the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday. It has an average annual value of $3 million.
The 23-year-old forward was a restricted free agent. He had 39 points (13 goals, 26 assists) in 83 games with the Wild and Nashville Predators last season, including seven points (three goals, four assists) in 19 games after he was traded to Minnesota for forward Mikael Granlund on Feb. 25.
Selected by Nashville in the first round (No. 11) of the 2014 NHL Draft, Fiala has 104 points (48 goals, 56 assists) in 223 regular-season games with the Wild and Predators, and six points (five goals, one assist) in 18 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
Wild general manager Bill Guerin told The Athletic on Tuesday that Fiala had received a contract proposal and that he hoped to have him in training camp by Thursday, when players are scheduled to report for physicals and meetings.
“We’ve made him a fair offer and he’s deciding,” Guerin said from Traverse City, Michigan, where he attended the 2019 NHL Prospect Tournament. “We want to get him in as quick as possible, because if you miss training camp, the chances of you having a good year aren’t very good. We want to get him in here and get him going.”
Among the remaining available restricted free agents are forwards Mitchell Marner of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Mikko Rantanen of the Colorado Avalanche, Patrik Laine and Kyle Connor of the Winnipeg Jets, Brayden Point of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Brock Boeser of the Vancouver Canucks and Matthew Tkachuk of the Calgary Flames, and defensemen Charlie McAvoy of the Boston Bruins and Ivan Provorov of the Philadelphia Flyers.