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Wilderness Walk: Matt Dumba knows his days are numbered in Minnesota

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Matt Dumba’s name been in trade rumors for seemingly forever now but this year, it’s just the logical conclusion. The Minnesota Wild defenseman that has meant so much to this team and this community is going to be an unrestricted free agent this summer and the team is getting calls about him.

We’ve seen it before — most notably in 2018 when the St. Louis Blues traded center Paul Stastny while still in the playoff hunt — but GM Bill Guerin is just selling big on a rental that he believes can be adequately replaced either internally or by acquiring a different defenseman for less. Just some typical asset management.

So, of course, this rumor-that-is-going-to-become-true has hit Dumba’s ears and he knows that he could be playing his last game for the Wild at any moment.

“I mean … yeah,” Dumba said somberly during an interview with The Athletic hours before the Wild’s 4-2 win over the Capitals. “I’m just making the absolute most of it and enjoying every day as a Minnesota Wild player and enjoying just the great group of guys that we have. This has given me a different appreciation of that. I’m trying to make the most of coming to the rink every day with these guys because you never know when things could change. I’m trying to stay in the moment, and that’s how I deal with it.” — The Athletic

It is certainly a tough mentality to get yourself into — just being flexible enough to give your all on the ice every game while knowing it might be your last.

That’s Wild

  • Speaking of the NHL trade deadline, with Matt Boldy signed to his deal, it somewhat closes the door on the Wild acquiring players with term, unless some other money is moved around. [10K Rinks]
  • After proving himself time and time again, Calen Addison has finally broken into a ranking of rookies. [ESPN]

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