Off-season watch: San Jose Sharks strike deal for Minnesota Wild G Dubnyk and F Donato?


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According to The Athletic’s Michael Russo, the Minnesota Wild are closing in on a deal to send goaltender Devan Dubnyk and Ryan Donato to the San Jose Sharks.

Russo adds, however, that the deal may hinge on Dubnyk’s willingness to forgo his no-trade clause, if he has listed the Sharks among the 12 teams he can refuse to be traded to. He believes the Wild could receive a high draft pick or a return prospect in the San Jose deal, noting that the Sharks own the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 31st overall pick and two second-rounders.

Dubnyk, ranked 47th on the TSN Trade Bait table, was 12-15-2 in the regular season with a career-worst 0.890 save percentage and a 3 goals-against average. 35. The 34-year-old is entering the final season of his current contract, with a cap of $ 4.33 million.

Wild chief executive Bill Guerin said in August that Dubnyk had had “a year of downtime,” but noted he was open to an upgrade at the post.

“No, the hierarchy is not clear,” Guerin said in August. “Whoever plays well will play. I was disappointed with the goalkeepers this year. (Alex Stalock) had a great year and Devan had a year off, and it must be better. It’s like that. And if I told you something different, I would lie to you, that was not a strong point for us.

“Can these two make a difference for you next year?” No, I can’t say that. If we don’t have the feeling that we are going to be better, then we are going to improve it. ”

Donato, ranked No.15 on the Trade Bait table, scored 14 goals and 23 points in 62 games last season. He was scoreless in two games when he returned to play.

The 24-year-old center was traded to the Boston Bruins Wild at the trade deadline in 2019 in a deal that saw Charlie Coyle head the other way. He is signed next season with a cap of $ 1.9 million.

1st on the block?

Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said Thursday he was ready to trade the team’s first-round pick, though TSN Hockey insider Pierre LeBrun adds that it’s unclear if someone will match their asking price.

“It is interesting to note that Marc Bergevin, general manager of the Habs, said in an interview with Marc Antoine Godin in The Athletic published on Thursday that he was ready to trade his 16th overall pick in the first round, which corresponds to what that I hear from other teams. around the league who suggest he’s open to it, but what he’s looking for is a top six forward who would increase this offense which obviously needs help for the Montreal Canadiens, ”said LeBrun on insider trading. “I don’t feel there’s a game going on right now, but obviously the Montreal Canadiens have until next Tuesday’s draft to see if there is a game. ”

While noting that there could be a game with the team’s needs, LeBrun reported last month that the Habs did not intend at that time to enter the Patrik Laine draw.

Cost for Kuemper

Postmedia’s Bruce Garrioch reports that new Arizona Coyotes general manager Bill Armstrong is looking for a first-round pick and another play in exchange for goaltender Darcy Kuemper.

Kuemper, who dropped to 21st on the latest TSN Trade Bait chart, is signed for two more seasons with a cap of $ 4.5 million.

The 30-year-old was 16-11-2 with a save percentage of .928 and a goals against average of 2.22. He was 4-5 on the NHL return to play with a .913 save percentage and 3.47 goals-against average.

The Coyotes are currently unselected in the first three rounds of next week’s draft after trading for Taylor Hall, Carl Soderberg and being sanctioned by the NHL for illegal fitness tests of prospects.

Dreger explains why Kuemper might be in the market

Bryan Hayes, Jamie McLennan and Jeff O’Neill are joined by TSN Hockey insider Darren Dreger to discuss Bill Armstrong’s approach to Arizona and the feeling the team is going to be big sellers to start from scratch.


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