Wild sign defenceman Brent Burns to US$14.2-million, four-year contract extension

The deal was announced Thursday night. Burns, who is making $875,000 this year, will earn $3 million next season, $3.4 million in 2009-10, $3.8 million in 2010-11 and $4 million in 2011-12.

Burns, 22, has four points (3-1) and a plus-6 rating in 10 games this season.

“The effort Brent has given to improving himself as a player is evident to the point that he is becoming an impact player in our lineup,” Wild general manager Doug Risebrough said in a statement. “This is recognition of that effort and of his potential.”

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Burns has 15 goals and 36 assists in 195 career games with the Wild, who selected him in the first round (20th overall) of the 2003 draft.