Minnesota Wild & Filip Gustavsson Avoid Arbitration With Multi-Year Deal

The Minnesota Wild got a very important piece of business done today, avoiding the dreaded arbitration hearing by signing goaltender Filip Gustavsson to a three-year contract.

The deal is worth a total of $11.25M, a $3.75M AAV. The contract also includes a five-team no-trade clause that kicks in in the final year on July 1, 2025. Coming off an $825,000 base salary last season, it's a deserved, huge raise for Gustavsson.

The now 25-year-old netminder went into this past season coming off a disastrous year in Ottawa in 2021-22, even leaving him with the idea that he might not be cut out for the NHL and might have to return to Sweden. 

But he broke through big-time with the Wild in 2022-23, going 22-9-7 in 37 starts, recording a 2.10 GAA and .931 SV% (both second in the NHL), along with three shutouts.

It's hoped that Gustavsson will be able to take on a bigger share of the role from his 38-year-old goaltending partner Marc-Andre Fleury. 

The contract leaves the Wild with just $1.643 million in cap space with restricted free agent Calen Addison still unsigned. Addison has a $787,500 qualifying offer in front of him. 

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