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Extension night: Wild sign Scandella for five years, $20M

Minnesota Wild v Tampa Bay Lightning

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 22: Marco Scandella #6 of the Minnesota Wild skates against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Amalie Arena on November 22, 2014 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)

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Is commitment in the air on Saturday? Another notable contract extension took place tonight, as the Minnesota Wild handed defenseman Marco Scandella a five-year pact.

It’s worth $4 million per year ($20 million overall), according to various sources including the Pioneer Press’ Chad Graff and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Michael Russo.

The 24-year-old was set to become an RFA after this season. As of this writing, he’ll carry the third-highest cap hit among Wild defenseman behind Ryan Suter and Jonas Brodin.

Scandella’s seeing his best ice time since 2011-12, as he’s averaging 21:38 per night, almost three minutes better than his 18:49 TOI from 2013-14. He has eight points in 20 contests, priming him to improve upon his career-best mark of 17 points from last season.

He already has five tallies, which is a career-best, with his latest impression being an overtime game-winner against Dallas from Friday:

One point about the duration of the deal:

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