Minnesota Wild Acquire Devan Dubnyk

(December 28, 2014 – Source: Christian Petersen/Getty Images North America)

The Minnesota Wild took a step in addressing their goal tending situation on Wednesday when they acquired Devan Dubnyk from the Arizona Coyotes for a third round pick.

(December 3, 2014 – Source: Christian Petersen/Getty Images North America)

Dubnyk is 9-5-2 this year with a 2.72 Goals Against Average and a .916 Save Percentage. Michael Russo of the Minnesota Star Tribune notes that Dubnyk  has been on a wild ride of sorts. “Dubnyk, known as a terrific teammate, had a disastrous year last year. He lost his starting job in Edmonton, was traded twice and ended up in the minors.”

Despite a rough 2013-2014 season Dubnyk has revived his game and has been pushing Mike Smith all season. To be clear, Dubnyk is not an elite goalie, but he can help stop the bleeding for this Minnesota club. Michael Russo notes that the Wild allow the 4th least shots in the league but have the worst save percentage.

Nik Backstrom told The Star Tribune about the criticism that all goalies face, “That’s part of the game, we grew up like that as goalies, you’re used to it. When things don’t go well, they usually look at the goalie, and if things go good, they look at the goalie.” It is unclear whether Darcy Kuemper or Niklas Backstrom will stay.

 

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