May 4, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Minnesota Wild right wing Nino Niederreiter (22) chases the puck with Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook (7) during game two of the second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Wild open to long term deal with Nino Niederreiter

The Minnesota Wild exploded onto the NHL scene this past postseason as a team that had struggled ot find it’s footing for the last decade seems to have arrived as the hockey powerhouse so many fans want to see them become. As if the Western Conference wasn’t tough enough already to get through, the pond in Minnesota is ice cold and will continue to be hard to skate on for opposing teams as the roster gets better and better.

One way the Wild can remain at the level they are and continue to grow is to make sure they hang onto their young and budding superstars. Nino Niederreiter is one of those young stars and the Wild are contemplating what to do with his contract situation moving forward.

According to the StarTribune, the Wild aren’t going to rush into anything with their young star but they’re very open to giving him more than just a bridge contract in the near future. Working out a long term deal could prove to be difficult, although Minnesota will need to start paying their young stars sooner rather than later.

“We’ll see how it goes, but as long as the numbers make sense, we’re prepared to do anything within reason. Probably anything between two to four years would be the most logical. I think beyond four is incredibly hard to figure out and one year doesn’t seem to make any sense.”

Locking down their young stars is going to be both difficult and costly, but the Wild remain focused on becoming even more of a force in the West and in the NHL as a whole and they’re well on their way with the current cast they have.

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