Minnesota Wild's Justin Fontaine, left, puts the puck under the leg of Vancouver Canucks' goalie Eddie Lack, of Sweden, to score the winning and only goal of the shootout during the 7th round of shooters during NHL hockey action in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday February 28, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota Wild have re-signed right wing Justin Fontaine to a two-year contract, avoiding a salary arbitration hearing.
The deal was done on Tuesday.
Fontaine had 13 goals, eight assists and a plus-6 rating for the Wild in 66 games last season as a rookie, ranking fourth on the team in goals. Playing primarily on the third line, Fontaine also had one goal and one assist in nine playoff games.
The 26-year-old Fontaine's goal total last season was the third-highest by a rookie in Wild history, and his plus-minus rating was second. The former Minnesota Duluth star also recorded the franchise's first hat trick by a first-year player, when he had three goals in a game at Phoenix in January.