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Minnesota Wild healthy scratching one of their biggest trade chips, is a trade imminent?


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Matt Garland
January 19, 2023  (12:50)
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The Minnesota Wild are scratching a veteran defenceman who is averaging over 21 minutes in ice time, for their game against the Carolina Hurricanes. That defenceman is Matt Dumba.

The scratch is not related to an injury, says head coach Dean Evason.
«We had a real good meeting. He knows why he's sitting out tonight,» Evason told the media after the morning skate on Thursday.

The 28-year-old has four goals and eight assists over 43 games with the Wild this season.
Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reported that the Edmonton Oilers and Ottawa Senators are among the teams interested in Dumba if the Wild decide to move him.
"When I think of a team that may have a defenceman available, I think of Matt Dumba and the Minnesota Wild," Dreger said, "There's no question that the Edmonton Oilers and Ottawa Senators have reached out and do have interest in Dumba. Why wouldn't you? He's 28 years old, he's a right-shot defenceman and he's a pending unrestricted free agent."

"The problem from the Wild's standpoint is they need him. They're playing pretty well right now. They're not sure just yet they are ready to move on from Matt Dumba, even though you look into the future and you see the cap issue of the Minnesota Wild But the price would be high and then the Wild would have to hit the market potentially to find someone to replace Matt Dumba."

Dumba is a pending UFA at the end of the season carrying a cap hit of $6,000,000 AAV.
The Wild have won their last three games with Dumba averaging over twenty minutes a night in those games.
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Minnesota Wild healthy scratching one of their biggest trade chips, is a trade imminent?

Will the Wild trade Matt Dumba?

Yes, He's not resigning need to get value for him2890.3 %
No, needed for the long playoff run39.7 %
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