Marcus Foligno left Buffalo as an unsigned restricted free agent when he was traded by the Sabres to the Minnesota Wild on June 30 in the deal that brought back Marco Scandella and Jason Pominville to the Sabres.
It remains to be seen if Foligno hit the jackpot in the trade in terms of making the playoffs for the first time in his career. But Foligno's bank account struck it rich Thursday night when he agreed to a four-year, $11.5 million contract with the Wild.
Foligno set career highs with the Sabres last season in games (80), goals (13) and points (23). His average annual value of $2.875 million is a jump from the $2.25 million he earned from the Sabres last season on a one-year deal.
"We are happy to officially have Marcus as a part of our club for the next four seasons," said Wild GM Chuck Fletcher. "Marcus is a big, physical forward who is capable of playing a heavy game while also contributing offensively. We are excited to add his presence to our lineup and watch him continue his growth as a player."