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Wild lock up Charlie Coyle with a five-year extension


The Minnesota Wild have signed another one of their young players to a multi-year contract extension.

The Wild announced on Wednesday afternoon they had reached agreement on a contract extension with Charlie Coyle.

According to the Star Tribune's Michael Russo, the deal is worth $16 million.

"I'm really excited to be part of this organization for the next five years, and I know my family is very happy," Coyle said.

Coyle, 22, has two points (1 goal, 1 assist), a plus-3 rating and 10 penalty minutes in four games for the Wild so far this season. Last season he recorded 30 points (12 goals, 18 assists) in 70 games.

Coyle also finished third on the team in hits and had a strong finish to the year, including a solid playoff run.

"There's a lot of young guys to go with the older vets that we have, and they've taken us under their wings," Coyle added. "It's nice to move forward with this group and see the guys like [Jonas] Brodin signing a few weeks ago and to know we have this group going forward, it's really exciting."

The Wild are trying to get their young talent locked up before a few of them become free agents at the end of the season.

"We're very excited to get Charlie Coyle signed through the 2019-20 season," said Wild GM Chuck Fletcher in a statement. "Charlie's size, overall skill set and character give him a chance to emerge as a top power forward in the game and we're happy he will be doing that in the State of Hockey for years to come."

The Wild acquired Coyle in a trade back in 2011 that sent Brent Burns and a second-round pick to the San Jose Sharks. He wasn't worried about his contract status becoming a distraction in the final year of his deal.

"I was trying not to treat it as that. I knew this didn't have to get done right away," Coyle told FOX Sports Net. "Obviously I had the last year left in my contract. It's obviously in the back of your mind, but it wasn't a big deal at all. I really didn't let it affect me out on the ice. It is nice to have it done with and know that it's over with and I can just focus 100 percent now and not have to think about it at all."

The Wild are also trying to get Mikael Granlund and Erik Haula locked up before the end of the year.

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