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Minnesota Wild signed Kevin Fiala (1 Year / $5,100,000 AAV)

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Aug 16 at 11:00
#1
Kevin Fiala has signed a new contract with the Minnesota Wild.
STANDARD CONTRACT
Comparable ContractsCOMPARE THIS CONTRACT
LENGTH: 1 YEAR
EXPIRY STATUS: RFA
SIGNING TEAM: Minnesota WildMinnesota Wild
VALUE: $5,100,000
C.H.% : 6.26
SIGNING DATE: August 16, 2021
SOURCE: CapFriendly
SEASONCLAUSECAP HIT AAV P. BONUSES S. BONUSES BASE SALARY TOTAL SALARY MINORS SALARY
2021-22$5,100,000$5,100,000$0$0$5,100,000$5,100,000$5,100,000
TOTAL$5,100,000$5,100,000$0$0$5,100,000$5,100,000$5,100,000
Aug 16 at 11:01
#2
Drank the Seider
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Great cap hit for this guy, expires as an RFA too
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Aug 16 at 11:01
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Jinx lord
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1 year… Ouch that’s gotta hurt, and the Wild’s cap situation will only get worse. Solid cap hit though.
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Aug 16 at 11:05
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Do the Wild just overpay everybody?
Aug 16 at 11:07
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JARVIS SZN
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Edited Aug 16 at 3:13
Good deal. They still have some leverage next season since he will expire as an RFA again. Now lets add Svech to the Fiala and Saros signings today. Crazy to think that Fiala got more than Saros tears of joy
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Aug 16 at 11:08
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Quoting: EsoYeezus69
1 year… Ouch that’s gotta hurt, and the Wild’s cap situation will only get worse. Solid cap hit though.

What is wrong with one year?
He will be an RFA again anyway
Aug 16 at 11:09
#7
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Quoting: mitchmarner16
What is wrong with one year?
He will be an RFA again anyway


They'd have to give him a raise next year when the buyouts are even more expensive.
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Aug 16 at 11:10
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Jinx lord
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Quoting: mitchmarner16
What is wrong with one year?
He will be an RFA again anyway


Quoting: SevenLeg
They'd have to give him a raise next year when the buyouts are even more expensive.


^
Aug 16 at 11:13
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MERCER SZN
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Quoting: SevenLeg
They'd have to give him a raise next year when the buyouts are even more expensive.


My guess is that they trade Fiala for a cost controlled center after this year
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Aug 16 at 11:14
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Why are people saying this is good?

This was like worst case scenario. Now it's either a bigger contract next year or just go to arbitration and walk in 2023.
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Aug 16 at 11:16
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Quoting: DongLord23
Why are people saying this is good?

This was like worst case scenario. Now it's either a bigger contract next year or just go to arbitration and walk in 2023.


Quoting: Devil1122
My guess is that they trade Fiala for a cost controlled center after this year


Quoting: EsoYeezus69
^


Quoting: SevenLeg
They'd have to give him a raise next year when the buyouts are even more expensive.

I guess this isn’t the best contract
I will change my vote to no
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Aug 16 at 11:18
#12
The Darkest Timeline
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I mean it gives them another season to figure it out,not the worst outcome
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Aug 16 at 11:29
#13
best poster
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Should've locked him down for a lot longer. This just puts the Wild in the exact same position in a years time with 8 million less to work with.
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Aug 16 at 11:58
#14
You know nothing JS
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Yup, not good for the team.

It's not like he's going to be cheaper with one year left before free agency and a 30G season in his back pocket like he will probably do.

It's not like MIN didn't have the capspace. I guess it's Fiala who didn't want to sign long term...
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Aug 16 at 12:01
#15
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They pretty much met in the middle for now and are going to take more time to come to a long term agreement. This was just to avoid arbitration which can get messy and create a rift.
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Aug 16 at 12:35
#16
depressed njd fan
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hopefully they sign kaprizov now
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Aug 16 at 12:36
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Looking at the contract only, it's a good signing. He's been on 65p pace the last 2 seasons, and finished 1st and 2nd for points on the team. The deal avoids arbitration and keeps him a RFA, so his trade value shouldn't take a hit.

What happens after this season/contract is another matter. MN's self-inflicted cap problems makes him prime trade bait for the TDL/offseason.
Aug 16 at 1:08
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I think this is a good deal.
With the upcoming cap restrictions it gives Fiala and MN a chance to see where the team is after next season.

Fiala needs to perform to secure himself a good contract and MN keeps the control over the negotiations.

If MN is able to remain competitive with young players pitching in on ELCs (Rossi, Boldy, Addison) Fiala will be willing to resign longterm.
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Aug 16 at 1:08
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I remember Minnesota fans trying to say this guy was worth Nylander 1 for 1.
Aug 16 at 1:09
#20
addicted to pain
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Should have had term.
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Aug 16 at 1:30
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Well, I must be in the minority here because the math makes sense to me.

First of all, the cap issue is moot if Kaprizov goes back to Russia, so let's assume that doesn't happen.

Yes, it's true that next year, Minnesota's dead cap hit rises by $8 million, but with the expiration of Rask's and Goligoski's contracts, that leaves $1 million for a minimum-level contract to replace one of them, so that's not as serious a problem as everyone makes out.

Right now, Minnesota has $13 million in cap space, with a 14th forward and a seventh defenseman to sign or promote plus Kaprizov. So round it off to $11 million for Kaprizov and hang-over. That would allow $8 million for KK (on more than a one-year deal) and roughly $1.5 million raises to Fiala and Kahkonen. That doesn't seem extreme. And that's without any cap-positive roster adjustments during this season or the next off-season.

I think the Wild are in fine shape. I voted Yes.
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Aug 16 at 1:35
#22
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It’s good money for Fiala and he’s worth it but 1 year, ouch
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Aug 16 at 1:50
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Once Fiala becomes a UFA, I guarantee he's going to bounce.
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Aug 16 at 2:22
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Quoting: Leafs_and_Sens_Fan
I remember Minnesota fans trying to say this guy was worth Nylander 1 for 1.


Who said that? I've never seen a Wild fan say that. lol

Quoting: jpsnow13
Yup, not good for the team.

It's not like he's going to be cheaper with one year left before free agency and a 30G season in his back pocket like he will probably do.

It's not like MIN didn't have the capspace. I guess it's Fiala who didn't want to sign long term...


It's actually the opposite. Fiala wanted long-term, Guerin wanted something 4-5 years.
Quoting: OldNYIfan
Well, I must be in the minority here because the math makes sense to me.

First of all, the cap issue is moot if Kaprizov goes back to Russia, so let's assume that doesn't happen.

Yes, it's true that next year, Minnesota's dead cap hit rises by $8 million, but with the expiration of Rask's and Goligoski's contracts, that leaves $1 million for a minimum-level contract to replace one of them, so that's not as serious a problem as everyone makes out.

Right now, Minnesota has $13 million in cap space, with a 14th forward and a seventh defenseman to sign or promote plus Kaprizov. So round it off to $11 million for Kaprizov and hang-over. That would allow $8 million for KK (on more than a one-year deal) and roughly $1.5 million raises to Fiala and Kahkonen. That doesn't seem extreme. And that's without any cap-positive roster adjustments during this season or the next off-season.

I think the Wild are in fine shape. I voted Yes.


The same people criticizing their cap situation are the same people who conveniently forget Guerin inherited a timebomb ticking down of Parise and/or Suter retiring and completely screwing their cap situation up. Guerin can at least plan around their dead cap now and it's going to end up being something like what you said: some league minimum depth and little room for depth that costs anything more than that. They weren't winning a Cup anytime soon, so this is all fine. Keep building through the draft

As for the contact, it's fine. His days have likely been numbered in Minnesota ever since his name came up in Eichel rumors so he's likely the guy Guerin plans to move in a package for a center. It avoids arbitration and he's still a RFA when it's over so nothing catastrophic here.
Aug 16 at 2:46
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Quoting: JayTea
Who said that? I've never seen a Wild fan say that. lol


Last summer a bunch of Wild fans were saying Fiala has more value than Nylander cause of his 3M contract.
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