ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild will keep defenseman Jared Spurgeon and four minor-league players after extending qualifying offers to five restricted free agents.
Spurgeon, 23, is one of Minnesota's top-4 defenseman and paired with Marco Scandella -- who was re-signed earlier this offseason -- during the playoffs. Spurgeon had five goals and 10 assists and was a plus-1 in 39 games this season for the Wild.
Minnesota can also retain forwards Justin Fontaine and Carson McMillan and defensemen Tyler Cuma and Kyle Medvec after making the qualifying offers. The Wild chose not to make qualifying to forwards Joel Broda and Benn Ferriero.
Ferriero was acquired from the New York Rangers on Sunday along with a 2014 sixth-round pick in exchange for defenseman Justin Falk, who was also a restricted free agent. Ferriero will now be an unrestricted free agent.
Fontaine, 25, led the Houston Aeros in scoring last season with a team-high 23 goals to go with 33 assists. The University ...