Mike Reilly Chooses Minnesota Wild


The Mike Reilly saga has come to a close as he decided to sign with the Minnesota Wild. The Star Tribune’s Michael Russo reported the signing on Twitter on Friday afternoon.

Russo said the following in his article today.

"Again, unless something backfires (I keep saying that because Reilly’s camp have not informed the Wild yet), Reilly is expected to agree to a two-year, $1.85 million deal (plus bonuses) with the Wild, sources say."

Mike Reilly is a Minnesota boy, so it’s no surprise to see him choosing the Wild over the Chicago Blackhawks or the Pittsburgh Penguins. His father is a minority investor in the Wild. The Wild have a lot of talent on the back-end so it should be interesting to see where the 22-year old fits in their lineup. I would imagine it is likely as a third pairing defenseman for now.

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The Columbus Blue Jackets drafted Reilly in the 4th round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft at 98th overall. After being drafted Reilly played with the University of Minnesota Gophers. Last season he scored 6 goals and 36 assists, for 42 points in 39 games. At the end of this past season, Reilly told the Blue Jackets that he would not be signing with the team and instead test free agency.

In college, Reilly is a well decorated player. He is a two time NCAA (B1G) Defensive Player of the Year. He was also named to the B1G First All-Star Team and the West First All-American Team in the past two seasons. He also capped off his college career with the Hobey Baker Award as the NCAA’s Top Collegiate Player.

Mike Reilly is considered an unrestricted free agent so he will not be able to sign a contract with the Minnesota until July 1st.

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