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Wilderness Walk: Dumba back

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After Dean Evason decided to string a couple of healthy scratches together, it appears that defenseman Matt Dumba will be back to his regular spot next to Jonas Brodin on the blue line.

Do you think he learned anything having to watch the team he plays for lose both of those games in not-so-pretty fashion? Probably not. Did the coaching staff just somewhat lower his trade value about five weeks before the trade deadline? Yeah!

It can’t be undone so let’s just hope the Edmonton Oilers or some other team doesn’t really care about recent performance and looks at the last few years instead.

That’s Wild

  • Speaking of Dumba, his second consecutive scratch raised a lot more questions than whatever answers it provided. [The Athletic]
  • If you haven’t heard, Hockey Wilderness’ funding is getting cut by Vox Media and SB Nation, but there is hope! We have a quick survey for readers to fill out to determine what is best moving forward. [Hockey Wilderness]
  • Are the Wild better defensively or is the goaltending just that much better? [10K Rinks]

Off the trail...

  • What’s next for the Vancouver Canucks after the disaster that has been their coaching change? [ESPN]
  • Yikes. After Ottawa Senators’ Josh Norris returned to action from injury (a little too fast) he is now declared out for the rest of the season for that same injury. Oops. [NBC Sports]