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The Minnesota Wild have signed forward Matt Boldy to a seven-year, $49 million contract, Wild general manager Bill Guerin confirmed Monday. Here’s what you need to know.

  • The extension carries an average annual value of $7 million and runs through the 2029-30 season.
  • In his second season with the Wild, Boldy scored 12 goals and 29 points in 42 games.
  • Boldy is second on the Wild in shots and ranks fourth in goals, goals, power play points (15) and power play goals (five) this season.


The Wild selected Boldy, 21, with the No. 12 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. The 6-foot-2, 201-pound forward has 27 goals and 68 points in 89 career NHL regular season games with Minnesota.

Why extend Bold now?

Boldy was set to be a restricted free agent this summer, and the Wild wanted to get his deal done first to see how much cap space they would free up for a few others. A $7MM AAV with Boldy leaves around $9MM for Phillip Gustavson, Sam Steele, Cullen Addison, Mason Shaw, Brandon Duheim, plus VCs like Freddie Gaudreau. It also likely means the Wild could make a deal or two to clear cap space. – Smith

Boldy’s influence on Wild

Kirill Kaprizov is the Wild’s best player, but Boldy is one of their other best scorers/playmakers. He has 12 goals this year after 27 last season and will be a catalyst if Minnesota makes a run for the playoffs. To have Kaprizov, Boldy and Joel Erickson locked up up front, they’re in good shape when the cap goes up in the coming years. – Smith

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