The Minnesota Wild obviously needed to look to improve their roster before next season. The team made an internal move on Monday when they re-signed defenseman Marco Scandella to a two-year contract. He spent most of the season with the team’s AHL affiliate but did play in the playoffs, scoring a goal and adding an assist.
This move is significant for one very big reason.
The team can’t have Ryan Suter on the ice for 40 minutes a game, obviously. They need to have depth on defense, especially with the amount of hits they take from pucks and other players. Scandella is just 23-years old and played in just six regular season games for the Wild this year. He was eligible to become a restricted free agent this summer, and the team wanted to make sure that they locked him up for at least the next two years.
The Wild may have something here if Scandella can continue to improve. He may have only four goals and 11 assists in 89 career NHL games, but if he can begin producing some more points, he will become a top-four defenseman on this team going forward.
If he doesn’t work out over the next two years, though, the team can easily just let him go and move on to someone else. It seems like a low-risk, high-reward move to me. Minnesota is on the verge of big things and has the players to make a Stanley Cup run in the next couple of years. I hope that Scandella can be another piece to the championship puzzle.