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Wild extend d-man Olofsson -- two years, $1.45 million

NHL: MAR 21 Sharks at Wild

ST. PAUL, MN - MARCH 21: Minnesota Wild defenseman Gustav Olofsson (23) looks on before the faceoff during the Western Conference match up between the San Jose Sharks and the Minnesota Wild on March 3, 2017 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Wild won 3-2. (Photo by David Berding/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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Gustav Olofsson, the Minnesota defenseman taken in the second round of the ’13 draft, has signed a two-year, $1.45 million extension, per the Star-Tribune.

Olofsson was a restricted free agent, having just wrapped his entry-level contract. This new deal will pay him $725,000 per season and, importantly, it’s of the one-way variety.

The Star-Tribune reports Olofsson is expected to play in the Wild’s top-six defense next season, especially since GM Chuck Fletcher appears primed to trade one of Jonas Brodin, Marco Scandella or Matt Dumba. Fletcher needs cap space to finalize new deals for RFA forwards Nino Niederreiter and Mikael Granlund.

Speaking of contracts, the Wild opted against making a qualifying offer for d-man Christian Folin. This means he’ll be able to test free agency, though it’s reported Minnesota might try to re-negotiate with him as a UFA.