NHL trade rumors: Minnesota Wild could trade Matt Dumba, even if team is winning
It’s no secret that Matt Dumba could be traded this season.
After years and years of his name being involved in trade rumors and reports, a move for the Minnesota Wild The defender is more realistic than ever, right now. Dumba will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, and while he’s played a pivotal role on this team for the past decade, the Wild won’t want to lose him for anything.
It will be an emotional exit from one of the team leaders, but in the end, we can collectively say “it’s business” and move forward with the transaction.
And while a trade seems likely if the Wild find themselves out of the playoffs before the March 3 trade deadline, according to Athletic’s Pierre Lebrun, a trade could be a possibility even if the team is winning.
“And finally, if the Wild go down this season, pending UFA blueliner Matt Dumba will likely be trade bait. He has a 10-team no-trade list. He could be part of trade discussions, even if the Wild remains in the playoff race, as part of a hockey trade to boost Minnesota’s roster.” — The Athletic
There are strengths and weaknesses to the Wild’s roster, and unfortunately for Dumba, the right side of the blue line comes first. With the ubiquitous Jared Spurgeon, Calen Addison’s full-time production, and prospects like Brock Faber ready to make the immediate jump, Dumba’s presence on the blue line will seem like a luxury Minnesota doesn’t need in the near future.
Throw in the fact that he’s been a disappointment this season, and Dumba might be halfway there, no matter what.
However, the idea of a “hockey trade” is interesting. It’s usually a player-for-player trade, sometimes with picks and/or prospects included, but two regular NHL players are traded for each other to address those strengths and weaknesses. If we want to play armchair general manager for a couple of minutes, one particular exchange came to mind almost immediately after reading Lebrun mention a hockey trade.
The Vancouver Canucks they are bad but they want to be good and have one of the worst blue lines in the entire league, surrounded by one of the most talented players in Quinn Hughes. They traded for Ethan Bear earlier this season so they want to address that, but what if they part with a bigger piece to really solidify your top four?
Like Dumba, Bo Horvat will also be an unrestricted free agent this summer, and with JT Miller signed until the end of time, the existence of Elias Pettersson and six other big players like Brock Boeser and Conor Garland there, it seems . as his time in Vancouver is limited. Lebrun mentioned in the same post that if the Canucks continue to lose, Horvat’s name should be involved in more trade speculation.
Horvat would immediately solve the Wild’s problem of having a top-six center between Kirill Kaprizov and Mats Zuccarello, and would be another two-way center force that this team so badly desires. With players heading either way, it solves both problems without taking too much away from their strengths.
Now, of course, Horvat is an electrifying player and is off to an incredible start with 16 points in 14 games so far. Dumba alone won’t be enough, but spice it up with some perspective and/or selection and there should be something cooking.
This is all speculation, and Dumba could end up being the last piece of a contender that they only give up future assets for, but there are at least a few realistic scenarios where we could see the blueliner on a different team before the end of season
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