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  • Wilderness Walk: Dumba Signs In Arizona

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    Thomas Williams

    That's Wild

    • Well, as much as some of us wished for Matt Dumba to come back to Minnesota after over a month of him not signing with a team, he has officially signed a one-year, $3.9-million deal with the Arizona Coyotes. There is still hope for him to come back to St. Paul as an effective blueliner when the Zach Parise and Ryan Suter buyouts are minimal and the salary cap has gone up, but that's in a couple years from now. There are just so many reasons why we'll miss him. [The Athletic]
    • Which former Wild player, that isn't an all-time great, would help this team the most in their upcoming season? [Hockey Wilderness]
    • There is a standard that we have come to know and love for Minnesota Wild defenseman. But with now a longtime member gone and some dependency on rookies to be in the top-four; will they live up to the standard? [Hockey Wilderness]

    Off the trail...

    • Over the weekend the Pittsburgh Penguins acquired legendary defenseman Erik Karlsson for not a whole lot from the San Jose Sharks, and the Montreal Canadiens were involved as well. Grading how each team did in the trade: [Yahoo Sports]
    • Twelve standouts from the World Juniors Summer Showcase. Let's read about some prospects that played hockey during the summer! [The Hockey News]

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    I was one who thought there may be a spot for Dumba at about $1m on a 1 year deal. Familiarity with the team and it being a better team were the calling cards. 

    Dumba has got to rebuild himself, especially offensively. It may well be that the 2 injuries he had on that right shoulder area have never properly healed and he's very damaged. I'm going to look and see if he can unleash Dumbombs anymore? 

    If he can, a 1 year deal in this cap environment is the best plan for him. If he cannot, it's a sad way to end a once promising career. Dumba was a pretty tough customer, but when he was jumped by Domi after the Pavelski hit, he pretty much just tried to tie up Domi and it looked to me like he couldn't throw rights. 

    I sure hope he comes back healthy this year for AZ. 

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    He needs more than good luck!

    Dumba's going to the US version of "Island of Misfit Toys" with several MN Wild castoffs, no local public support, in a college rink with a home crowd from the opposing team that's 5 feet away from rink surface. I love Cools and the tenacity of the group from last year that always gave the Wild hell when they play us.

    I'm not gonna miss the turnovers, bad penalties or the shots high, sailing wide, over the net. Time for us ALL to move on......addition, by subtraction.

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