Last weekend, the Minnesota Wild announced that the organization and goalie Devan Dubnyk had agreed to terms on a six-year contract.
On Saturday, the Wild made everything all official, announcing the re-signing of Dubnyk to that six-year deal, which was reported last weekend to be worth $26 million.
After getting traded from Arizona to Minnesota in January, Dubnyk helped turn the Wild’s season around with superb goaltending in the second half and rejuvenated his own career in the process.
Last month, Dubnyk earned the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy — he was also nominated for the Vezina Trophy — after finishing his regular season with the Wild with a .936 save percentage and 1.78 goals-against average.
Put another pair of tick marks on Chuck Fletcher’s offseason to-do list.
On Wednesday, the Minnesota Wild announced they’ve agreed to a two-year, $6M extension with RFA forward Mikael Granlund and confirmed the signing of collegiate free agent Mike Reilly.
The Granlund deal was considered Fletcher’s last important signing after getting the likes of Charlie Coyle, Marco Scandella and Devan Dubnyk all signed to new contracts. Granlund, the club’s first-round pick (ninth overall) at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, is coming off a solid campaign in which he scored 39 points in 68 games, and another six in 10 playoff appearances.
Granlund will now carry a $3M average annual cap hit — up from $900,000 on his entry-level deal — and will net $2.8 million in salary the first year, and $3.2M the second.
As for Reilly, news of his signing broke last week, making today’s announcement more of a formality. The skilled d-man, a Hobey Baker finalist this year, led the University of Minnesota in scoring this season and signed a two-year pact with the Wild. No word yet on the financials.
Devan Dubnyk is close to cashing in on his remarkable bounce-back season.
From Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press:
The deal is “99 percent done,” according to GM Chuck Fletcher. It may not be announced until Monday.
Click here to see comparable cap hits for NHL goalies. The highest belongs to Henrik Lundqvist, at $8.5 million. Dubnyk, at $4.3 million, would be right between Steve Mason ($4.1 million) and Jaroslav Halak ($4.5 million). Which is more than reasonable for a Vezina Trophy finalist.
It’s Dubnyk’s six-year term that brings a higher degree of risk into the equation for the club. The 29-year-old has had wildly mixed results during his NHL career. Only a year ago he was worrying he could be out of the league completely. Now he’s about to turn a 39-game run into a contract that won’t expire until 2021.
Update: Here’s the latest word:
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He won a Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks, and he was a Vezina finalist with the Sharks. So his agent does have a good story to sell.
“I have to think he’s going to be one of the most sought-after goalies on the market,” Markus Lehto told ESPN.com.
But Niemi, 31, is also coming off a couple of so-so seasons in San Jose. His save percentage was .913 in 2013-14 and .914 in 2014-15, when the league average was .915.
While the Sharks have not ruled out bringing Niemi back, and Niemi has not “closed the door” on the Sharks, most expect him to move on.
Niemi’s future is likely to be determined in part by the trade market. Younger goalies like Cam Talbot, Robin Lehner, and Eddie Lack could all be dealt by July 1. Once the dust clears there, it’ll be easier to nail down his options.
Other UFA goalies include Devan Dubnyk, Karri Ramo, Michal Neuvirth, and Jhonas Enroth.
If Dubnyk somehow fails to reach a deal with the Wild, the market will become further convoluted.
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Devan Dubnyk has won the 2015 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for bouncing back after going through the most difficult period of his career. The 2013-14 campaign was a disaster for him as he posted a 3.36 GAA and .894 save percentage in 32 contests with Edmonton before being shipped to Nashville and then Montreal where he played for AHL Hamilton.
Arizona gave him a chance at redemption as its backup goaltender and he did well in that role, challenging Mike Smith’s status as the team’s starter in the process. However, it wasn’t until the Minnesota Wild acquired him that Dubnyk’s season really took off. He carried the team to the playoffs with a 1.78 GAA and .936 save percentage in 39 contests during his time with the Wild.
His superb play was also recognized in the Vezina Trophy voting as he earned one first-place selection and finished third overall in the voting.
Here’s a list of the Masterton winners since 1990:
Year Winner Team
2015 Devan Dubnyk Min.
2014 Dominic Moore NYR
2013 Josh Harding Min.
2012 Max Pacioretty Mon.
2011 Ian Laperriere Phi.
2010 Jose Theodore Was.
2009 Steve Sullivan Nas.
2008 Jason Blake Tor.
2007 Phil Kessel Bos.
2006 Teemu Selanne Ana.
2004 Bryan Berard Chi.
2003 Steve Yzerman Det.
2002 Saku Koivu Mon.
2001 Adam Graves NYR
2000 Ken Daneyko N.J.
1999 John Cullen T.B.
1998 Jamie McLennan St.L.
1997 Tony Granato S.J.
1996 Gary Roberts Cgy.
1995 Pat LaFontaine Buf.
1994 Cam Neely Bos.
1993 Mario Lemieux Pit.
1992 Mark Fitzpatrick NYI
1991 Dave Taylor L.A.
1990 Gord Kluzak Bos.