Minnesota Wild General Manager Bill Guerin today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has re-signed forward Kyle Rau to a one-year, two-way contract ($700,000/$275,000) for the 2020-21 season. Rau, 27 (10/24/92), recorded 43 points (14-29=43), six penalty minutes (PIM), four power-play goals (PPG), one game-winning goal (GWG) and 135 shots in 51 games last season with the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League (AHL). The 5-foot-8, 175-pound native of Eden Prairie, Minn., ranked third on the team in assists, fourth in points, T-4th in PPG and fifth in goals and shots. He set a career-best nine-game point streak from Nov. 16-Dec. 27 (2-14=16). Since joining Iowa in 2017-18, the left-shot forward ranks first in Iowa history in PPG (31), second in power-play points (71), third in points (146), fourth in goals (63), assists (83), power-play assists (40) and shots (504) and is T-9th in GWG (5). Rau owns 204 points (92-112=204), 102 PIM, 32 PPG, five SHG, eight GWG and 768 shots in 307 career AHL games in six seasons with San Antonio, Portland, Springfield and Iowa (2014-20). The forward became the first player in Iowa history with multiple hat tricks in a single season: Jan. 14, 2019 and March 2, 2019. He led the team and ranked T-1st in the AHL with 17 PPG during the 2018-19 campaign. Rau has eight points (5-3=8), eight PIM, two PPG and 30 shots in 17 career Calder Cup Playoff games with San Antonio, Portland and Iowa. He set a career-best six playoff points (4-2=6), including two PPG, in 11 contests with the Wild during the 2019 postseason. Rau owns five points (2-3=5), six PIM, 46 shots and 46 hits in 42 career games in four NHL seasons with Florida and Minnesota (2015-19). He made his NHL debut with Florida on Feb. 20, 2016 vs. Winnipeg. Rau signed as a free agent with Minnesota on July 1, 2017 and tallied an assist in his Wild debut on Jan. 20, 2018 vs. Tampa Bay. He became the 22nd Minnesota-born skater to play for the Wild. His brother, Chad, skated in nine games with Minnesota in 2011-12 to mark the first set of brothers to wear a Wild sweater. Rau made his Stanley Cup Playoff debut in Game 5 at Winnipeg on April 20, 2018.
SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Wild General Manager Bill Guerin today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has re-signed defenseman Matt Bartkowski to a one-year, two-way contract ($700,000/$325,00) for the 2020-21 season. Bartkowski, 32 (6/4/88), recorded 18 points (2-16=18), 55 penalty minutes (PIM), one shorthanded goal (SHG), 98 shots and a plus-3 rating in 55 games last season with the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League (AHL). The 6-foot-1, 198-pound native of Pittsburgh, Penn., ranked third amongst team defensemen in scoring and T-5th on the team in PIM. He netted his first career SHG on Nov. 19 vs. Milwaukee and tied his career-best six shots on Nov. 24 vs. Bakersfield. The left-shot defenseman made his Stanley Cup Playoff debut with Minnesota on Aug. 7 vs. Vancouver and tallied two shots and three hits. Bartkowski owns 116 points (19-97=116), 266 PIM, three PPG, one SHG, two GWG and 588 shots in 334 career AHL games in six seasons with Providence and Iowa (2010-20). He owns seven points (1-6=7), 14 PIM, 30 shots and a plus-10 rating in 16 career Calder Cup Playoff games with Providence and Iowa. The blueliner netted his first career playoff goal during the 2019 postseason with Iowa. Bartkowski has 48 points (8-40=48), 157 PIM, 293 shots, 482 hits and 155 blocked shots in 255 career games in 10 NHL seasons with Boston, Vancouver, Calgary and Minnesota (2010-19). He has skated in 20 career Stanley Cup Playoff contests with Boston, Calgary and Minnesota (2012-20) and owns three points (1-2=3), 60 hits and 16 blocked shots. He signed as a free agent with Minnesota on July 1, 2018 and became the 25th player, fourth defenseman, in franchise history to score a goal in his Wild debut on Dec. 29, 2019 at Winnipeg.