SAINT PAUL, Minn. - Taking steps to keep their young, improving lineup intact the Minnesota Wild has signed forward Justin Fontaine to a two-year deal.
The 26-year-old Fontaine scored 13 goals and a total of 21 points in 66 games last season, his first in the NHL. He tied for the fourth on the team in goals and was12th amongst NHL rookies. His goal total was the third-highest by a Wild rookie and his +6 plus-minus ranking is second all-time.
Fontaine collected his first NHL goal 12 seconds into a contest against Dallas on Oct. 12, 2013, to set a franchise record for fastest Wild goal to start a game. The goal matched the NHL record for fastest first career goal. He also recorded the first hat trick by a rookie in franchise history when he collected three goals at Phoenix on Jan. 9, 2014.
He played college hockey at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and helped the Bulldogs win the 2011 NCAA Championship.
Terms of the deal have not been released as per team policy,