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Minnesota Wild Have Shifted Direction on Matt Dumba Trade

The Minnesota Wild aren’t looking at a Matt Dumba trade the same way they were a few weeks ago.

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According to Michael Russo of The Athletic, the general manager of the Minnesota Wild, Bill Guerin, has altered his stance somewhat on a Matt Dumba trade. There were rumors the Wild were looking to move Dumba and ahead of the NHL Expansion Draft, but with the changing climate in the NHL and his value around the league, that may no longer be the case.

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Part of the reason the talk surrounding a Dumba trade has cooled is because teams are at a standstill when it comes to make deals that include any kind of bigger salary. Russo called it the “dog days” of bizarre offseason, but essentially, most teams can’t add a $6 million hockey player because of limited cap space or internal budgets due to the pandemic. That has ruled out most, if not all interest in Dumba via trade.

Because of that, Geurin is aware that there’s no way he’ll fetch the No. 1 or 2 center that it is speculated he’s out to try and fetch by moving the d-man. One, teams aren’t trading those kinds of players. Two, Dumba is coming off a down year. Three, if a team added Dumba, they would then be the team that would have to find a way to protect him in the expansion draft.

Because Guerin doesn’t want to take less than what Dumba is worth and because he might be inclined to protect eight skaters as opposed to seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie, there’s no rush to move Dumba.

That Could All Change For the Wild

Russo notes that Guerin is happy to enter next season with his top-four defense intact. But, if Dumba rebounds and ups his stock, he could be moved if teams show their renewed interest.

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Dumba will still be the player that is likely dealt if a trade goes down — due mostly to Ryan Suter, Jared Spurgeon and Jonas Brodin’s no-move clauses — but also because of what the Wild are looking for round out their roster.

In the end, with three years left on his contract, Russo notes there’s no longer a rush to trade Dumba.

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