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Wild, Jason Zucker agree to 5-year deal

ST. PAUL — Restricted free agent Jason Zucker will stay with the Minnesota Wild after agreeing a five-year, $27.5 million contract, the team announced on Wednesday, July 25.

His deal makes him the fifth-highest-paid player on the team with an average annual value of $5.5 million.

There was some concern that the sides wouldn’t agree on a new contract before a potential arbitration hearing, though they managed to get something done hours before briefs were scheduled to be exchanged.

Zucker proved himself worthy of a pay raise after finally emerging as a dynamic playmaker last season. The 26-year-old forward set career-highs for goals (33), assists (31) and points (64) while playing mostly on the team’s top line.

That is the kind of production the Wild have been looking for since making Zucker a second-round draft pick in 2010.

This move comes just few days after the Wild signed restricted free-agent defenseman Matt Dumba to a five-year, $30 million contract.