The Minnesota Wild have officially re-signed defenseman Carson Soucy to a three-year, $8.25 million extension.
He is now the fifth-highest paid defenseman on the Wild with a $2.75 million AAV. The deal runs through the 2022-2023 season.
He was predicted to get a three-year deal at roughly $1.66 million according to Evolving-Hockey, but due to his unrestricted free-agent status, he was able to negotiate a more expensive contract. It is a good deal because it provides the Wild with defensive security if Dumba is indeed traded.
Bill Guerin has once again displayed he is the right person for the job. He has had an extremely successful offseason so far in extending Jonas Brodin and now Carson Soucy. He has shown his patience and has successfully executed smart transactions.
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At the moment, the Wild now have roughly $30 million invested into their five defensemen and clearly have decisions to make. That is too much money into your defensive corps.
Soucy stays in Minnesota despite the news of a large chunk of teams wanting him to hit the open market according to Frank Seravalli. He could have signed with any of the other 30 NHL teams. Given the significant interest in him, there is a legitimate chance he could have made a little more if he decided to hit the free-agent market.
He likely will be exposed in the upcoming Seattle Expansion Draft unless Ryan Suter waives his no-move clause or the Wild decide to protect four defensemen with the assumption Matt Dumba gets traded this offseason.
The 26-year-old rookie made the team out of training camp to the surprise of many after a disappointing camp the year prior. The former UMD Bulldog is mobile and big defenseman. He had a phenomenal rookie season and outperformed all expectations upon him.
According to Dom Luszczyszyn’s market value, Soucy is worth just over $6.5 million. He was in the 82nd percentile for even-strength defense. Furthermore, he provided the Wild with 1.1 wins above replacement-level.
He ranked first on the Wild in goals against per 60 and sixth league-wide among defensemen.