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Nov 26, 2021; Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Wild defenseman Jon Merrill (4) celebrates his goal during the second period against the Winnipeg Jets at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Defenseman Jon Merrill has agreed to terms on a three-year, $3.6 million contract extension, the Minnesota Wild announced Tuesday.

Merrill inked a one-year deal with the team on July 29 before the start of the 2021-22 season. He would have been a free agent in the offseason.

In 33 games for the Wild, Merrill has recorded 11 points (three goals, eight assists), a +8 rating and 51 blocked shots.

He recorded a career-best eight blocked shots at Los Angeles on Dec. 11, 2021, tied for second most in team history.

Originally selected by the New Jersey Devils in the second round (38th overall) of the 2010 NHL draft, Merrill has tallied 77 points and 558 blocked shots in 438 career games across nine seasons with New Jersey, Vegas, Detroit, Montreal and Minnesota.

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