Only a handful of regulars with the Wild are on expiring contracts, but there are plenty in the minors up for new deals.
And the team addressed one of them Monday by re-signing forward Sam Anas to a two-year, two-way contract.
Anas, 24, led Iowa in goals and set a single-season franchise record with 26 in 70 games last season. He also ranked second in assists (35) and points (61). His four shootout goals tied for fourth in the American Hockey League, while he tied for 11th in scoring and tied for 13th in goals.
The he 5-foot-8, 160-pound native of Potomac, Md., also set a franchise record for the longest point streak (10 games) and tied for the longeset goal streak (six games). He was also named the team's Man of the Year for his contributions to the Des Moines community.
This was Anas' second pro season, as he signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Wild after spending three seasons at Quinnipiac University. There, he racked up 124 points in 110 games – including 50 points in 43 games in his junior campaign. Anas was set to become a restricted free agent this summer. Winger Jason Zucker and defensemen Matt Dumba, Nick Seeler and Ryan Murphy are other pending RFAs.
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