TWINCITIES.COM’s Chad Graff report via Twitter the Minnesota Wild today sent a third-round pick in 2015 to the Arizona Coyotes for goaltender Devan Dubnyk.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: And the well-traveled Dubnyk is on the move again, joining his fifth team in the past two seasons. The 28-year-old goalie managed to resurrect his career with the Coyotes, posting a 9-5-2 record with a 2.72 GAA and .916 SP with one shutout.
The Wild have been in the market for a couple of weeks now for a goaltender. Darcy Kuemper struggled prior to being recently sidelined by a lower-body injury, Josh Harding’s career is pretty much over thanks to multiple sclerosis and Niklas Backstrom is no longer capable of being a reliable starting goalie.
With their playoff hopes fading, GM Chuck Fletcher will hope Dubnyk can provide some stability between the pipes as the Wild attempt to save their season. Fletcher didn’t have to give up much to land Dubnyk, which is probably because landing a better solution would’ve cost more in salary coming in and return heading out.
As for Coyotes, they’re stuck with struggling starter Mike Smith thanks to his expensive long-term contract. His move could signal management’s acceptance the season is lost and it’s time to commence a rebuild.