Wild sign Connor Dewar to 2-year, $1.6 million contract
This is a good sign that Dewar will be a regular in the NHL when next season rolls around
MINNEAPOLIS — While there are certainly bigger fish to fry in the coming weeks — the contract status of Kevin Fiala is the first thing that comes to mind — Minnesota Wild general manager Bill Guerin made a small move on Wednesday afternoon that has a chance to make a big impact next season.
With a few weeks before NHL free agency opens up, the Wild inked Connor Dewar to a two-year, $1.6 million contract that will keep him with the organization through the 2023-24 season. He was set to become a restricted free agent next month.
Most important for the 23-year-old Dewar is the fact that it’s a one-way deal, meaning he will be paid his $800,000 average annual value whether he’s in the NHL or AHL. He was previously playing on a two-way deal, which meant he got more money with the Wild than in Des Moines, Iowa. So, it appears the Wild expect him to play in St. Paul.
After making his NHL debut on Oct. 28 last season, Dewar went on to play 35 games with the Wild in the regular season, emerging as a valuable depth piece near the bottom of the lineup. He made his NHL playoff debut on May 12 in a first-round, Game 6 loss to the St. Louis Blues.
Looking ahead to next season, Dewar will likely play on the penalty kill, something he already has proven capable of doing at a high level. He had some good chemistry with former AHL teammate Brandon Duhaime, too, so it wouldn’t be a shock to see them reunited next season.
A third-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, 5-foot-10, 175-pound Dewar cut his teeth in the minors prior to getting called up. He recorded 59 points (26 goals, 33 assists) in 103 career games with the Iowa Wild of the AHL.
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