The Minnesota Wild re-signed defenseman Jonas Brodin yesterday to a seven-year, $42-million contract extension and team insider Micheal Russo of The Athletic believes this will set the stage for more moves in weeks to come.
According to sources, Wild general manager Bill Guerin has not only received a lot of calls about blue liner Matt Dumba, but has been actively shopping him on the trade market. Russo believes Guerin could move Dumba for a scoring forward, preferably a centre. This is the right time for the Wild to move Dumba, seeing that he is only one lacking no-trade protection before 2021-22 season.
"Remember, when Guerin insinuates that he could trade a defenseman, Dumba is the only top-four defenseman without any sort of contract protection. Until a 10-team no-trade clause kicks in before the 2021-22 season, Dumba can be traded to any of the other 30 teams in the NHL."
The phone is therefore ringing quite a bit in Minny and Patrick Johnston of The Province is certain the Vancouver Canucks are one of the teams at the other end of the line. He fears the Wild might be asking for forward Brock Boeser in return and knows it makes sense that his name surfaces in trade rumors if the Canucks re-sign pending free agent winger Tyler Toffoli.
It is hard to believe that Dumba on his own could fetch a scoring centre. A sweetener of a draft pick or promising prospect might have to be included. Dumba has an annual salary-cap hit of $6 million AAV through 2022-23 and interested teams might be forced to make room to add him to their roster, which might dissuade them in the end… The Toronto Maple Leafs, who are looking at St. Louis Blues' pending UFA Alex Pietrangelo, could find it more afforable to acquire Dumba and could be one of the teams calling Minny.
While it sound more and more like Guerin is hoping to move Dumba right away, we wonder if he should wait until the trade deadline or later in the season. He would have to do so before the expansion draft for the Seattle Kraken, but might get a better return closer to the trade deadline. The thing is, we just have no clue when that will take place…