Wild lock up Marcus Foligno through 2023-24 season with contract extension

Wild forward Marcus Foligno could’ve been an unrestricted free agent after the season. However, Foligno and the Wild agreed to a contract extension on Tuesday. It’s worth $9.3 million total through the 2023-24 season. His annual salary starting next season will be $3.1 million.

Foligno, 29, is considered a team leader, respected by all teammates for his strong leadership skills.

Stats-wise, he notched 25 points (11-14=25), a plus-8 rating, 30 penalty minutes (PIM) and 184 hits in 59 games with Minnesota in 2019-20, setting career highs in points and plus/minus rating. The 6-foot-3, 224-pound forward led the team in hits and ranked third in plus/minus rating

He was acquired by the Wild along with Tyler Ennis and a third-round selection in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Jason Pominville, Marco Scandella and a fourth-round selection in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. The trade came on June 30, 2017. Foligno was selected by Buffalo in the fourth round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

Wild Public Relations contributed to this report