NHL’s Casavana is a big deal for Minnesota team

The Minnesota Wild have signed defenseman Chris Casavane to a three-year, $12.25 million contract.

The contract, announced Friday, is the largest signing in team history, and Casavanes best contract to date.

He’s signed to a two-year deal worth $7.25, $7 million per season.

He joins a team that’s been known for being a powerhouse of late.

The Wild signed two free agents to four-year deals. 

The Wild added two defensemen to their roster, acquiring defenseman Alex Pietrangelo and center Matt Dumba from the Detroit Red Wings.

They also added forwards Jyrki Jokipakka and Brandon Gormley, and signed center Tyler Graovac to a one-year contract.

Casavane will play with the Wild for the foreseeable future, as the team works to find a way to keep him healthy and play him in all situations.

The 31-year-old Casavanese has played in more than 250 games in his career, and has scored 1,531 points.

He was a member of the Stars organization for three seasons, and had one goal and three assists in 23 games this season.

Casavalanes biggest contract to this point is a $5.5 million contract he signed with the Kings in 2009.

He finished with 29 points (10 goals, 13 assists) and 70 penalty minutes in 57 games, including a plus-three rating.

The Avalanche signed defenseman Kyle Wood to a five-year extension worth $11 million.

The deal is worth $4.5 to $5 million per year.

The 25-year old Wood has played at least 30 games in six of the past seven seasons, including this year.

Wood is currently playing in the AHL with the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League, but he had been with the Avalanche for two seasons prior to this one.

He also played for the Stars last season.

Wood will also play for the Avalanche next season. 

Colorado has a trio of new contracts this off-season, with defenseman Kyle Brodziak and goaltender Mike Smith signing new deals, and forward Cody McLeod adding a one year, $1.4 million contract to his deal. 

AHL team salary cap will increase by $3 million next season, but it remains unclear what that increase will be. 

If the NHL decides to cap the AHL at $60 million in 2019-20, that could make it more difficult for players like Wood, Brodzyak and McLeod to make the jump to the NHL.