Minny re-signs tough guy Kurtis Gabriel


The Minnesota Wild have re-signed forward Kurtis Gabriel to a one-year, two-way contract, per Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

According to CapFriendly, the new deal has a $715,000 cap hit at the NHL level.

The Wild selected Gabriel in the third round of the 2013 NHL Draft. He’s played in 16 NHL games for Minnesota since then, registering one point.

At 6-foot-3 tall and 220 pounds, Gabriel is known more for the physical elements of the game, posting a career high 137 penalty minutes during the 2015-16 American Hockey League season.

Last season, Gabriel was directly involved in a brawl during a game between the Iowa Wild and Chicago Wolves that eventually spilled out into the hallway at Allstate Arena.

While he got the worst of the off-ice altercation with the Wolves’ Vince Dunn, those actions landed Gabriel a six-game suspension.

He’s also been involved in some heavyweight fights at the NHL level, too.