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Wild re-signs Marco Scandella

Posted by: Michael Russo under Wild off-season news Updated: June 17, 2013 - 6:16 PM

The Wild has re-signed its first restricted free agent. It is defenseman Marco Scandella, who got a two-year deal worth $2.05 million ($1.025 cap hit, 900K salary in 2013-14, $1.15 million in 2014-15).

Scandella requires waivers next year, so he's got the inside track to making next year's squad after spending most of this past season in the minors.

The Wild currently has about $6.6 million worth of salary-cap space for next season if one assumes Charlie Coyle and Jason Zucker make the team. Remember, this doesn't include securing a No. 1 goalie (re-signing Niklas Backstrom or another, or making a trade) or No. 2 center (re-signing Matt Cullen or maybe turning the job over to Coyle, who has played center much of his life).

Scandella averaged 18:01 in five playoff games against Chicago and scored his first career playoff goal. The 2010 second-round pick has played 89 NHL games.

The other key restricted free agents from last year's NHL lineup are Cal Clutterbuck, Jared Spurgeon and Justin Falk. Restricted free agents must be tendered qualifying offers in order to retain their rights. If not, they can become unrestricted free agents July 5.

The other potential restricted free agents if qualified are Tyler Cuma, Justin Fontaine, Carson McMillan, Steve Kampfer, Kyle Medvec and Joel Broda.

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