The Minnesota Wild announced that they have signed goaltender Alex Stalock to a two year contract extension. The deal will pay him $650K on a one-way contract in 2017-18 and $650K in the NHL or $300K in the AHL in 2018-19.
Stalock is in his first season in the Wild organization after signing a one year, two-way deal with the team back in July to serve as depth behind Devan Dubnyk and Darcy Kuemper. He has spent the season with their AHL affiliate in Iowa, posting a 14-10-0 record with a 2.56 GAA and a .916 SV%.
The 29 year old has played in 62 career NHL games spanning parts of five seasons, all with the Sharks. He has a career 24-19-7 record at the top level with a 2.37 GAA, a .911 SV%, and four shutouts.
This contract carries greater implications beyond simply ensuring that the Wild have another veteran goalie in their system for a couple of years. By signing Stalock now, Minnesota can leave him unprotected in the Vegas expansion draft in June, allowing them to protect Dubnyk (Kuemper is a pending unrestricted agent and ineligible to be left exposed).