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Deal to Send Devan Dubnyk to San Jose Close?

A few sources are now reporting that a deal could be close that would see goaltender Devan Dubnyk go to the San Jose Sharks in a trade.

Whispers of a trade that would send goaltender Devan Dubnyk to the San Jose Sharks started on Friday when Elliotte Friedman mentioned a possible deal. On Saturday, that trade talk has picked up. TSN’s Pierre LeBrun is now noting that “San Jose is not on Devan Dubnyk’s 10-team No-trade list (10 teams he can’t be traded to). So the Wild are free and clear to deal him to San Jose if they wish.”

LeBrun adds that this deal could take a few days if it ends up getting done, but that Dubnyk is San Jose’s top goalie target and the plan, should he accept the trade, is to run with a Martin Jones-Dubnyk tandem next season.

The Sharks want to make sure Dubnyk is comfortable with the move before both teams take it any further. That makes sense considering Dubnyk has his family to worry about and it’s family and health issues that had kept him away from the Wild organization for an extended period of time last season.

Wild insider Michael Russo of The Athletic responded to LeBrun’s tweet and said, “Doug Wilson runs a classy ship. I remember how appreciative Kurtis Foster was when he broke his femur in San Jose and how Wilson and the Sharks treated him while he was hospitalized.”

Wild Changing Things in Goal

Whether or not Dubnyk accepts a deal to San Jose, it’s unlikely he’ll be back with the Wild next season. New GM Bill Guerin has already made some big changes for the team this offseason and among them was improving the goaltending situation.

Devan Dubnyk Minnesota Wild
Devan Dubnyk Minnesota Wild

Dubnyk has struggled in net for the team and there is a large crop of capable netminders about the hit free agency and available on the trade market over the next two weeks. Guerin thinks he can add one that will better position the Wild to compete.

Speculation was that Dubnyk could be bought out if not traded, but his contract is such that he’s attractive to teams even if he didn’t have the best season. Dubnyk will be paid $2.5 million in actual salary in 2020-21, but has a cap hit of $4.33 million.

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