Wild extend forward Marcus Foligno with 3-year, $9.3M deal

Wild extend forward Marcus Foligno with 3-year, $9.3M deal
FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2020, file photo, Minnesota Wild left wing Marcus Foligno (17) moves the puck during an NHL hockey game against the Dallas Stars in Dallas. The Wild have signed Foligno to a three-year, $9.3 million contract extension, the team announced. (Source: AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez, File)

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild have signed forward Marcus Foligno to a three-year, $9.3 million contract extension on Tuesday, coming off the best season of his NHL career.

The deal takes a potential free agent off the market next summer and keeps Foligno in the fold through 2024. The 29-year-old had 25 points and a plus-8 rating, both career highs, in 2019-20 despite playing in only 59 games. Foligno also led the Wild with 184 hits. He is ninth in the league with 1,446 hits since the start of the 2013-14 season.

Foligno has been playing right wing on the third line with Jordan Greenway and Joel Eriksson Ek in training camp this month with the Wild, who open at Los Angeles on Thursday.

Foligno was acquired by Minnesota from Buffalo in a trade for Jason Pominville and Marco Scandella on June 30, 2017. He played six seasons for the Sabres, his hometown team.

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