Report: Wild have actively shopped Dumba
Minnesota Wild general manager Bill Guerin has gauged the market for defenseman Mathew Dumba.
"Guerin has not only gotten a lot of calls on Dumba this offseason, he has even actively shopped him," sources told The Athletic's Michael Russo.
The Wild signed defenseman Jonas Brodin to a seven-year, $42 million extension, which includes a no-movement clause, on Tuesday. That makes him, along with fellow blue-liners Ryan Suter and Jared Spurgeon, automatically protected in next year's expansion draft - and Dumba potentially expendable in a trade.
Dumba has three seasons remaining at a $6 million cap hit, and as a 26-year-old right-handed shot, he should have plenty of suitors.
The Saskatchewan native was drafted seventh overall by the Wild in 2012. He's suited up in 411 games with the organization and is coming off a season in which he recorded 24 points while averaging over 22 minutes per night and chipped in 98 hits and 88 blocks.
Dumba won the King Clancy Trophy earlier in September, an award given annually to the player "who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community."
He received the honor after co-founding the Hockey Diversity Alliance and giving an impassioned speech addressing racial issues before a playoff game between the Edmonton Oilers and Chicago Blackhawks. He then became the first NHL player to kneel during the "Star-Spangled Banner."