Skip to main content

Wild dives into free agency, signing Mats Zuccarello to 5-year contract, Ryan Hartman to 2-year deal

Both play right wing, with Zuccarello being the bigger name.

The Minnesota Wild and free-agent forward Mats Zuccarello have agreed to a five-year, $30 million contract on the first day of NHL free agency. 

Zuccarello, 31, split time between the New York Rangers and Dallas Stars last season, accumulating 40 points (12 goals, 28 assists). He's the all-time leading Norwegian-born scorer in the NHL. with 355 career points and played for the Norwegian national team at the 2010 and 2014 winter Olympics. 

He posted those numbers despite playing in only 47 games because of injuries. In the playoffs, he was healthy and tied for the team lead with 11 points (4 goals, 7 assists) and helped the Stars reach the second round of the playoffs. 

"Mats is a very competitive, high-energy player," said Wild GM Paul Fenton in a release. "He brings a high level of skill and character to our lineup and we're very excited to add him to our team."

Minnesota has also agreed with Ryan Hartman on a two-year, $3.8 million contract. 

Both Zuccarello and Hartman play right wing. 

Michael Russo, who covers the Wild for the Athletic (paywall), describes Zuccarello as a player with "a brilliant mind" and "tremendous vision," but will need to play alongside a scorer because he's more of a playmaker. 

Russo on Hartman: "Good wheels, physical, antagonist. Just has a way of getting under your skin. He’ll probably kill penalties in Minnesota."

Next Up


Bloomington, Richfield districts tighten security ahead of weekend football

Enhanced safety measures will be in place this weekend.

Screen Shot 2022-09-30 at 2.23.15 PM

Walz sends MN first responders to help with hurricane recovery in Florida

Eight members of the Minnesota All Hazards Incident Management Team will travel to Florida.


It was the driest September in Twin Cities modern history

Less than a quarter inch of rain fell in September.

Jay James Olson

Sauk Rapids man pleads guilty to making, selling ghost guns

The 21-year-old would sell unserialized guns, silencers, auto-sears, and high-capacity magazines.

Pixabay - gray squirrel

Squirrel blamed for Friday power outage impacting over 5,000 homes

There's no telling when or where the squirrels will strike next.

Screen Shot 2022-09-30 at 8.11.55 AM

Seattle man federally indicted in massive Bloomington fentanyl bust

The case is believed to represent the largest fentanyl bust in the Midwest.

Screen Shot 2022-09-30 at 9.27.53 AM

Nicollet Diner to launch new, expanded home with a drag show

The new location will still feature the diner's classic offerings, as well as a new cabaret venue and cocktail lounge.

police tape, crime scene

Woman found dead at Minneapolis home was stabbed multiple times

LaTiffany Altanette Lessley was found dead in a north Minneapolis home Tuesday.

Screen Shot 2022-09-29 at 4.48.45 PM

Bloomington PD announce what's likely 'largest fentanyl bust in Midwest'

The case is under investigation by the U.S. Attorney's Office.


The repercussions of the Wild signing Mats Zuccarello

Wild execs need to look themselves in the mirror.

Devan Dubnyk

Don't expect Wild to sign big-name goalie in free agency

Dubnyk had a 0.890 save percentage, the 62nd best in the NHL out of 66 qualified netminders.

crying Wild fan

Watch: Wild player saves the day as crying kid gets puck

Mats Zuccarello with the winning play of the day.

Matt Dumba

Injuries, COVID-19 wreak havoc on Minnesota Wild roster

Marco Rossi is out for the season due to complications from COVID-19.

Mats Zuccarello

Zuccarello helps Wild spoil Lundqvist's retirement party

After Henrik Lundqvist's jersey was hung to the rafters, Zuccarello led a 3-2 win.

Alex Goligoski

Reports: Wild sign Goligoski, Parise to NYI, Suter to Dallas

The Wild have also signed center Fredrick Gaudreau to a two-year deal.

Dean Evason

Tempers flare as Wild hammer Canadiens

Montreal was anything but polite after the Wild picked up an 8-2 victory.

Brady Skjei

Wild fall to Rangers in OT but extend points streak to 6 games

It's an overtime loss, but the Wild have played pretty well in the last two-plus weeks.