Wild sign Scandella to 5-year extension

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Just a day after he scored an overtime game-winning goal for the Minnesota Wild, defenseman Marco Scandella agreed to a five-year contract extension with the team that's worth a reported $20 million.

“Marco has shown tremendous improvement in his career and is one of the best young, two-way defensemen in the NHL,” said Wild GM Chuck Fletcher in a statement released by the team. “He is a hard-working, energetic player who is just scratching the surface of his potential in the NHL.”

Scandella, 24, has scored eight points (5-3=8), including three game-winning goals for Minnesota so far this season. The 6-foot-2, 217-pound native of Montreal, Que., leads NHL defensemen in game-winning goals and leads Minnesota in game-winning goals, according to the team.

Scandella was selected by Minnesota in the second round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

The Star Tribune quoted the $20 million figure for Scandell's contract, which it says buys out three of his unrestricted free-agent years.

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