In a quick turn-around from re-signing Mats Zuccarello this morning, the Minnesota Wild announced that they were extending Marcus Foligno’s contract for another four years. The contract has a $4 million average annual value and extends Foligno, 32, through the 2027-28 season. The contract has a no-move clause for the first two years and a limited no-trade clause for the final two years.
Originally drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the fourth round of the 2009 NHL Draft, Foligno went on to play with the Sabres for 6 seasons, starting with 14 games in the 2011-12 season. Foligno was traded to the Wild in June 2017 along with Tyler Ennis and a third-round pick in the 2018 draft for Jason Pominville, Marco Scandella, and a fourth-round pick in the 2018 draft.
Foligno was named an alternate captain in September of 2021 and has been an important part of the team both on the ice and in the locker room. He’s been a crucial part of the change in the locker room, turning what was once rumored to be a toxic environment into an accepting, more family-like atmosphere.
Known mostly as a physical, gritty presence, Foligno generally racks up penalty minutes more than he does points. However, he had a career year with the Wild during the 2021-22 season with 42 points, 23 goals and 19 assists, in 74 games. Since joining the Wild, Foligno leads the team with 415 penalty minutes and 1,159 hits. He is fourth in games played with 396 and 67 goals.
Now that the Wild have re-signed Foligno and Zuccarello, Ryan Hartman is the last player without an extension who will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of this year. As Hartman has been an important part of the core Wild group, a contract extension for him could be announced at any time.