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Adam Beckman, a former Western Hockey League scoring champion, will likely be a top threat for Iowa to start the season.
Matt Dumba and Marcus Foligno are the Wild's newest alternate captains, replacing Zach Parise and Ryan Suter after the two had their contracts bought out in July.
Veteran defenseman Matt Dumba is back despite a summer of expansion and trade rumors.
While Kirill Kaprizov and Joel Eriksson Ek signed lavish off-season deals, Kevin Fiala is in on a one-year contract — and again in the position of having to prove himself.
The Russian star didn't skate on the first day but will be on the ice with teammates Friday.
During contract talks, which started in the spring, Wild GM Bill Guerin and Calder Trophy winner Kirill Kaprizov texted each other but this week was the first face-to-face conversation.
The $45 million deal puts a bow on a transformative summer for the Wild: the team unloaded two former faces of the franchise, brought back key offensive players and overhauled its defense.
Shaw was a fourth round draft choice in 2017 and played the past four seasons for the Iowa Wild.
Although the Wild "would have loved" to sign Kevin Fiala to a longer contract, GM Bill Guerin said it seemed like that result wasn't feasible for now.
Half of the Wild's defense is new, and the forward lines are unclear. But coach Dean Evason isn't preparing to overhaul the team's style of play.