One of the key parts of the Minnesota Wilds off season has now been accomplished. Ryan Donato has signed a 2-year deal at 1.9 million per year. Since his arrival on the Feb. 20, where he was traded for Charlie Coyle, Donato has been one of the bright spots for the Minnesota Wild in a turbulent time. His offensive qualities saw him produce 16 point in just 22 games made him a quick fan favorite in Minnesota and with his willingness to shoot the puck, he finally added that to the Wild’s game.
The deal itself seems to be a low risk, high reward move from Minnesota, as this will give them time to evaluate his abilities before his last RFA contract in 2021. Minnesota seems to like what Donato brings to the franchise and if he continues his development he will be a key piece of the team even beyond the two years. More than likely playing in the top 6 and as a sniper on the powerplay. If all goes to plan Kirill Kaprizov will be on the first line as the sniper, but they do need someone like him on the second line and that’s where Donato would fit in perfectly.
The other moves:
The signing of Donato wasn’t the only move by Minnesota tonight as they also signed Carson Soucy and Nico Sturm on a one-year deal. Both made to strengthen the depth of the team and both 2-way contracts. Soucy will play in the AHL if the team is healthy, but will be a reliable player to call up, in case of injuries. Sturm on the other hand is a little more interesting. He does have an okay chance at making the team as the 13th forward or even become the fourth line center. Sturm would add be a nice sized center on a line with a lot of power in Nico Sturm and Ryan Hartman on the wings.
With today’s signings, out the way the wild only has three more major signings to do this offseason. Kevin Fiala, Joel Eriksson-Ek and Louis Belpedio all needs to be resigned, but with 10.5 million dollars left of cap space, it seems to be more a question of when, rather than if they sign.