Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Wild Acquires Dubnyk

2015 Season Cap Hit
To Minnesota POS MIN W SO P 2015 2016
Devan Dubnyk G 1,035 9 1 20 $800,000 UFA
To Arizona POS GP G A P 2015 2016
2015 3rd Round Draft Pick

There was a lot of talk that the Minnesota Wild have been shopping for a goalie of late, as their troubles in their crease have been well-documented in the media these days.  On Wednesday, they made a move to rectify things on their end, acquiring Devan Dubnyk from the Arizona Coyotes for a 3rd round pick in 2015.

Dubnyk has made 19 appearances with the Coyotes this season, picking up 9 wins and a shutout, which has been good enough for a scoring rate of 1.16 points for every 60 minutes he plays this year.

In the pool, Brian picked up Dubnyk to help his ailing goaltending situation at the Waiver Draft and he has to some extent, picking up more minutes than Anders Lindback, who he dropped in the process.  Since the exchange, Dubnyk has picked up 8 points and is a +4 over his dropped counterpart.

In Minnesota, there is a real potential that Dubnyk could pick up some substantial minutes, provided that he excels under their system.  Niklas Backstrom and the injured Darcy Kuemper had been under-performing this season and the question quickly becomes, was it the goalies or was it the system?

Dubnyk is no stranger to bad systems and being shunned for it, as his time in Edmonton was marred by a terrible team in front of him, highlighted especially when more goalies have been acquired by the Oilers and the team has seen poor results.

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