Central Notes: Dumba, Honka, Colorado

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The Minnesota Wild have been aggressive enough to reshape their roster this season, which includes the addition Marcus Johansson, Nick Bonino, Nick Bjugstadt and Cam Talbot, while re-signing a number of key free agents and eliminating significant cap space. However, one move that has yet to happen was the expected profession of defender. Matt Dumba.Athletic’s Michael Russo (subscription required) writes that it may be some time before a trade for the defender is found. Now is not the best time to find a business partner with few teams ready to give Minnesota a meaningful comeback and a number of previously interested teams have already met their need in defense. Russo suggests that a team that might still be interested is the Florida Panthers, who are still in need of defense help and have the chance to strike a deal.

Russo adds that he heard Minnesota tried to pull Florida’s first-round pick from this year’s draft, which the Panthers used to pick. Anton Lundell, as part of a package for Dumba, which Florida rejected, but mainly because they wanted Lundell. Either way, the Wild must remain patient and hope they can find a game with Florida or any other team ready to jump into the race.

  • Athletic’s Sean Shapiro (subscription required) writes Dallas Stars first-round pick Julius Honka, who did not sign as a restricted free agent last summer and spent the season playing in Finland, is interested in returning to Dallas next season. 24-year-old Honka’s rights belong to the Stars until he is 27, but despite the request for a trade last summer, he was forced to play in the Liiga and was not necessarily a player. peerless there. Honka has played 87 career NHL games, but has never been able to establish himself in the Stars’ defensive lineup. If he chooses to sign what would likely be a minimum wage deal, Honka would have to beat a number of blueliners to get into the roster, including Mark Pysyk, Taylor Fedun, Thomas harley, Joel Hanley and Stephen Johns (assuming he returns to the team).
  • Colorado Hockey Now’s Adrian Dater (subscription required) writes that if the NHL is required to create divisional bubbles next season, as it seems more and more likely that fans in the stands seem less and less likely, then Colorado could be. a likely candidate to host teams. In fact, Dater writes that he has heard that the Pepsi Center, the arena of the Avalanche, is a top contender to be a host city if the NHL chooses to go that route, despite being too early to make a decision.

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