Wild, Filip Gustavsson Closing in on Multi-Year Contract
The Minnesota Wild have decided that two young stud goalies under team control for the foreseeable future, is better than one. Even with 2021 1st round pick (20 y/o) Jesper Wallstedt quickly catching on in Iowa and expected to see NHL ice by the 2024-25 season, GM Bill Guerin is reportedly closing in on a multi-year contract with 24-year-old part-time starter, Filip Gustavsson.
Wild closing in on multi-year contract with Filip Gustavsson
Filip Gustavsson had a breakout season in 2022-23, recording a .931 save percentage and a team record of 22-9-7 when he was in net. The new deal comes with Gustavsson’s arbitration hearing looming later this week.
NEWS: Hearing #mnwild and Filip Gustavsson are closing in on a multi year deal, which would avoid Friday arbitration hearing— Joe Smith (@JoeSmithNHL) July 31, 2023
For the short-term, Gustavsson will again share net space with future hall of famer, Marc-Andre Fleury, who will turn 39 years old during the 2023-24 season. It is expected, however, that Gustavsson will get a larger share of games than previously, when MAF outpaced him 41 starts vs his 37.
The Wild and Filip Gustavsson have agreed to a 3-year deal with an annual value of $3.75 million. It has a 5-team no-trade clause that doesn’t kick in until July 1, 2025, according to The Athletic. This new deal puts the Wild even tighter against the cap for the next two seasons but the contract itself is good value.
Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan