It sounded like Minnesota Wild new general manager Bill Guerin was confident on Tuesday and he was right to be.
On Wednesday, the Wild officially announced that the team has signed restricted free agent forward Kevin Fiala to a two-year, $6 million contract.
On Tuesday, Guerin revealed to team insider Michael Russo of The Athletic that the team was waiting for Kevin Fiala to make a decision on the club’s latest contract offer.
Guerin was undeniably putting pressure on the young forward, who was the Wild’s lone remaining restricted free agent with training camp set to open on Friday.
“We’ve made him a fair offer and he’s deciding,” Guerin had told Russo. “We want to get him in as quick as possible because if you miss training camp, the chances of you having a good year aren’t very good.”
The 23-year-old forward scored 13 goals and posted 39 points in 83 games last season. He was traded to the Wild in February from the Nashville Predators for Mikael Granlund and recorded three goals and seven points in 19 games upon joining the team.
He has 48 goals and 104 points in 223 games since being drafted 11th overall in the 2014 NHL Draft.
Guerin just started his job as general manager of the Wild back on Aug. 21st as he is taking over for Paul Fenton who made the trade for Fiala.