The Minnesota Wild agreed to terms Wednesday on a five-year, $16 million contract extension with right wing Charlie Coyle that lasts through the 2019-20 season, locking up another part of their young core for the long term.
The 22-year-old Coyle, in his third season with the Wild, said his agents had been working on the deal for the past couple of weeks with the team’s front office.
“I’m just happy it worked out and everything got done,” he said on a conference call with reporters.
The 6-foot-3, 220-pound former first-round pick by San Jose was acquired by the Wild in a draft-day deal in 2011, when they sent defenseman Brent Burns to the Sharks.
Coyle has 21 goals and 25 assists in 111 games, including 12 goals and 18 assists in 70 games last season when he was third on the team on hits with 108. In the playoffs, he was also third on the team in scoring with seven points (three goals and four assists) in 13 games.
“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,” general manager Chuck Fletcher said in a statement.
The native of East Weymouth, Mass., who played two years at Boston University, has been moved up to the second line with Thomas Vanek and Mikko Koivu.
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