Wild sign forward Charlie Coyle to five-year contract extension
The contract will keep Coyle with the team through the 2019-2020 season. He will receive $1.9 million next season, $2.6 million in 2016-17, $3.5 million in 2017-18, $3.75 million in 2018-19, and $4.25 million in 2019-20, according to ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun.
So far this season, Coyle has one goal, one assist, a +3 rating and 10 penalty minutes in four games.
“Charlie’s size, overall skill set, and character give him a chance to emerge as a top power forward in the game and we’re happy he will be doing that in the State of Hockey for years to come.” Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher said.
Coyle, who has 21 goals and 25 assists in 111 career games, scored 12 goals and produced 18 assists in 70 games for Minnesota last season.
"I'm really excited to be part of this organization for the next five years, and I know my family is very happy—a lot of people to thank for this overall," Coyle said. "There's a lot of young guys to go with the older vets that we have, and they've taken us under their wings.”
That core group includes six players in the Wild’s lineup who are 22 or younger.
Coyle was a first-round selection by San Jose in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. He was traded to Minnesota in June 2011 as part of the Sharks' acquisition of Brent Burns.
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