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Wild re-signs restricted free-agent Dumba

The Wild's business with all of its restricted free agents is over.

The Wild agreed to terms with defenseman Matt Dumba on his expected two-year bridge deal this afternoon. The deal is worth $5.1 million for a salary cap hit of $2.55 million.

It took some back and forth, but the market was pretty clear and the AAV comes in pretty much where both sides expected it would be.

Dumba, 22, drafted seventh overall in 2012, scored 10 goals and 26 points in 81 games last season, totaling career highs in games played, goals, assists (16), points, power-play goals (6), game-winning goals(3), shots (152), hits (83) and blocked shots (56).

Dumba has 19 goals and 44 points and 63 penalty minutes in 152 games during parts of three seasons with Minnesota.

2016-17 WILD DEPTH CHART

Here’s a look at how the Wild is shaping up to look next season. This could change if the Wild adds and deletes more players. The Wild arguably still could use another NHL body to provide depth, perhaps Matt Cullen, Ryan Carter or Chris Porter.

In parentheses, each player’s salary cap hits. Restricted free agents are denoted as RFA.

Rosters are a maximum 23 players. Typically, the Wild keeps 13 forwards, seven defensemen and two goalies for a total of 22 players (benefit of having Iowa so close).

Three key roster hopefuls, Tyler Graovac, Nate Prosser and Christian Folin, would require waivers to get to Iowa, so they have inside tracks to make the team. This is why I list Mike Reilly, as of now, as a roster hopeful.

Forwards

Left wing                              Center                                    Right wing

Zach Parise ($7.538+M)     Eric Staal ($3.5M)              Charlie Coyle ($3.2M)       
Mikael Granlund ($3M)     Mikko Koivu ($6.75M)          Jason Zucker ($2M)
Nino Niederreiter ($2.66M) Erik Haula ($1M)       Jason Pominville ($5.6M)
-------------------------      Tyler Graovac (625K)           Chris Stewart ($1.15M)
-------------------------                       14th forward?

Vying for spots: Graovac, Jordan Schroeder (650K), Zac Dalpe (600K), Pan Cannone (600K), Alex Tuch (925K), Joel Eriksson Ek ($894,167), Christoph Bertschy ($775,833), Kurtis Gabriel ($666,667), Zack Mitchell (615K), Grayson Downing ($692,500), Sam Anas ($797,500).

Other minor leaguers: Brady Brassart, Adam Gilmour, Marc Hagel, Pavel Jenys, Chase Lang, Mario Lucia.

Unsigned unrestricted free agents: Ryan Carter, Chris Porter, Justin Fontaine, David Jones, Jarret Stoll.

Defensemen

Left Defense                     Right Defense

Ryan Suter ($7.538+M)    Jared Spurgeon ($5.187M)
Marco Scandella ($4M)   Jonas Brodin ($4.166+M)
Nate Prosser (625K)            Matt Dumba ($2.55M)
Christian Folin (725K)        8th defenseman?

Vying for spots: Folin, Mike Reilly (925K), Gustav Olofsson (795K), Victor Bartley (650K).

Other minor leaguers: Guillame Gelinas, Alexander Gudbranson, Dylan Labbe, Zach Palmquist (660K), Nick Seeler, Hunter Warner.

Goalies

Devan Dubnyk (4.33M)
Darcy Kuemper (1.55M)

Minor-league goalies: Alex Stalock (650K), Steve Michalek, Adam Vay.

Total cap hit roughly: $70,206,091 ($73 million ceiling).

*Includes $1.5 million buyout cap hit for Thomas Vanek, $1 million buyout cap hit for Matt Cooke.

Available cap space: $ 2,793,909.

**Available cap space will be eaten up by roster hopefuls making the team and outside signings.

***The Wild, like all teams, will save some cap space for callups and flexibility to make in-season adjustments (i.e. trades, waiver additions).

Things settle down: Wild re-signs Jordan Schroeder

The Wild has re-signed right wing Jordan Schroeder to a one-year, two-way contract, according to multiple sources. The deal is worth $650,000 in the NHL and $275,000 in the minors with a guarantee of at least $300,000.

The new contract erases a Wednesday arbitration hearing in Toronto. Things got contentious last week when the Wild, for no other purpose, placed Schroeder on waivers to strengthen its case that he didn't deserve a one-way contract.

It was the fourth time in less than a year that Schroeder passed through waivers without being claimed by 29 other teams.

Schroeder, 25, drafted 22nd overall in Vancouver, has five goals and seven assists in 51 games the past two years with Minnesota. In Iowa, he has 24 goals and 38 assists in 75 games.

Defenseman Matt Dumba remains the Wild's lone unsigned restricted free agent.

As I wrote last week, there have been ongoing talks between Wild assistant GM Brent Flahr and agent Craig Oster. The two are expected to meet face to face in Calgary at the Hockey Canada camp.