MN Wild Re-Sign Chisholm, Raska, and Walker

Sammy Walker playing for the Minnesota Wild in their new third jersey called the '78s.
Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Over the past three days, the Minnesota Wild have signed a one-year contract with three young players. Defenseman Declan Chisholm ($1 million) and forwards Adam Raska ($775k NHL/$97.5k AHL) and Sammy Walker ($775k NHL/$125k AHL) have agreed on their contract with the Wild organization.

Chisholm was picked up by Minnesota after the Winnipeg Jets put him on waivers. He was a good, young defenseman to step into the injury-riddled blue line last spring. In 29 games that he played with the Wild last season, he put up 8 points (3 goals and 5 assists) and averaged 16:52 TOI per game. Before he was with the Wild, Chisholm played only 2 NHL games with the Jets. Chisholm will play with Minnesota, most likely on their third pairing. 

Raska was added to the Wild roster last season after being traded to Minnesota from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Calen Addison and a fifth-round pick in the 2026 NHL Draft. Raska played mostly in Iowa, putting up 7 points (3 goals and 4 assists) and 94 penalty minutes. He also skated in 5 NHL games with Minnesota. His two-way contract means that he will start the season in Iowa.

Walker also signed a two-way contract with the Wild. He was originally drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the seventh round of the 2017 NHL Draft (200th overall) but never signed with the organization. He signed a two-year, entry-level contract with Minnesota on August 18, 2022. Since then, Walker has mostly played with the Iowa Wild. Over two seasons, he’s played 126 AHL games and recorded 93 points (41 goals and 52 assists). During the 2022-23 season, he along with goalie Jesper Wallstedt represented the Iowa Wild in the AHL All-Star Game. Walker has played in 13 NHL games with the Wild and has two points (1 goal and 1 assist). 

While Raska and Walker will both play mostly AHL, they join a valuable bunch of newly signed players who will provide a pool of capable players who have played NHL games and can be pulled up as needed. Chisholm proved that he was NHL-ready last season and will continue in his third-pairing role. His one-year contract might be a “prove-it” sort of deal as the Wild now have newly drafted Zeev Buium waiting in the wings as he plays another season for the University of Denver.

For more Minnesota Wild news and vibe checks, listen to Her Wild Side Hockey Podcast.

PWHL Minnesota is a Mess. Can It Be Saved? Her Wild Side Hockey Podcast

In this episode, Mikki talks about the disgusting state of the PWHL Minnesota team, some other offseason Minnesota Wild news, and comparing Wild players to characters from Phineas and Ferb. Links:Her Wild Side Merch Shop!Ticketmaster Affiliate LinkSocial Media:TwitterInstagramFacebookFor more from us, visit Inside The RinkHow to support us and our sponsors:Columbia Sports ApparelESPN+ SubscriptionFanaticsDraft Kings – CODE ITR  
  1. PWHL Minnesota is a Mess. Can It Be Saved?
  2. Free Agency and Why Jake Middleton Reminds Me of Binky Barnes
  3. Minnesota Wild Draft Day Overview
  4. The Wild's Goalie Problem, Game 7, and Free Agency Prep
  5. There Is No NHL Offseason This Year

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Former Boston Bruins Forward Signs Five-Year Deal To Play in Sweden

Boston Bruins 2016 sixth-round draft pick Oskar Steen inked a five-year contract with Farjestad BK of the Swedish Hockey League on Saturday, officially ending his time with Boston. Steen spent parts of four seasons with the Bruins from 2020-24 and accumulated four goals and eight points in 60 career regular-season games. The 26-year-old forward played […]

Read More

Where Does Vladimir Tarasenko Fit in the Red Wings Lineup?

The Detroit Red Wings signed free agent Vladimir Tarasenko to a two-year contract worth an average annual value of $4.75 million. Tarasenko told the assembled media in Detroit that Patrick Kane was one of the reasons that he chose to join the Red Wings. This comes a year after Kane said that the main reason […]

Read More
Providence Bruins goaltender Michael DiPietro #30

Prospect Profile: Michael DiPietro

Michael DiPietro was born on June 9, 1999, in Windsor, Ontario. The goalie played 21 games for the Sun County Panthers 16U AAA team during the 2014-15 season and posted a 2.12 goals against average and a .916 save percentage. In 2015, DiPietro was the 23rd overall pick of the Windsor Spitfires in the Ontario […]

Read More