The Minnesota Wild signed Marcus Foligno to a four-year deal worth a total of $11.5MM, per Michael Russo of The Athletic.
Foligno will make an annual average of $2.85MM per season.
Interestingly, the 26-year old winger was the Minnesota Wild’s last restricted free agent that they had to sign.
Furthermore, this is a smart move as the Minnesota Wild hold a high standard on defense and especially from the forwards, which Foligno fits their ideal play from the wings. That ideal fit includes being physical and being stout in the defensive end and having a good counter attack.
In addition, Foligno is projected to start on the third line with Joel Eriksson Ek and Charlie Coyle, which is a gigantic line with each player standing at least even or over 6’2″.
On the offensive side, the Buffalo native has shown over time that he can contribute, but he does go into an offensive drought, which questions his consistency over his NHL career. I do think being on a winning team will give him a chance to improve on his offensive touch.
Over his NHL career, he has only 49 goals and 67 assists for a total of 116 points on a total average of 14:47 of ice time.
Shockingly, he has never reached no more than 23 points in a single season of his career, and struggling to record more than 15 goals a year.
Lastly, A potential reasoning on why the contract took so long to get done was maybe the fact that he is not a major goal and point producer. His defense will make him worthy of his contract.