Wild sign Connor Dewar to 2-year, $1.6 million contract

This is a good sign that Dewar will be a regular in the NHL when next season rolls around

NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Minnesota Wild
Minnesota Wild center Connor Dewar reacts after scoring his first NHL goal during the second period Monday, Jan. 24, 2022, against the Montreal Canadiens at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
Harrison Barden / USA Today Sports
We are part of The Trust Project.

MINNEAPOLIS — While there are certainly bigger fish to fry in the coming weeks — the contract status of Kevin Fiala is the first thing that comes to mind — Minnesota Wild general manager Bill Guerin made a small move on Wednesday afternoon that has a chance to make a big impact next season.

With a few weeks before NHL free agency opens up, the Wild inked Connor Dewar to a two-year, $1.6 million contract that will keep him with the organization through the 2023-24 season. He was set to become a restricted free agent next month.

Most important for the 23-year-old Dewar is the fact that it’s a one-way deal, meaning he will be paid his $800,000 average annual value whether he’s in the NHL or AHL. He was previously playing on a two-way deal, which meant he got more money with the Wild than in Des Moines, Iowa. So, it appears the Wild expect him to play in St. Paul.

After making his NHL debut on Oct. 28 last season, Dewar went on to play 35 games with the Wild in the regular season, emerging as a valuable depth piece near the bottom of the lineup. He made his NHL playoff debut on May 12 in a first-round, Game 6 loss to the St. Louis Blues.

Looking ahead to next season, Dewar will likely play on the penalty kill, something he already has proven capable of doing at a high level. He had some good chemistry with former AHL teammate Brandon Duhaime, too, so it wouldn’t be a shock to see them reunited next season.


A third-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, 5-foot-10, 175-pound Dewar cut his teeth in the minors prior to getting called up. He recorded 59 points (26 goals, 33 assists) in 103 career games with the Iowa Wild of the AHL.


This story was written by one of our partner news agencies. Forum Communications Company uses content from agencies such as Reuters, Kaiser Health News, Tribune News Service and others to provide a wider range of news to our readers. Learn more about the news services FCC uses here.

What to read next
After this week’s blockbuster move, the Wild now have two first-round picks in the 2022 NHL Draft
The key for any player, Brunson always says, is to find what it’s going to take to be successful, carve out your niche and stick to it. The 6-foot-1 forward exemplified that during her 15-year career
Tony Finau, Hideki Matsuyama, and Sungjae Im were the biggest names committed to the 3M Open as of Friday afternoon
Jorge Polanco tied the game with a solo homer off star closer Jorge Lopez, and Miranda won it with a pinch-hit single