Devan Dubnyk

Dubnyk on Wild contract: ‘Both sides want to make it happen’

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Pending unrestricted free agent Devan Dubnyk had a “good conversation” with Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher on Tuesday, but he told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that little has changed.

And, actually, that’s probably not such a bad thing.

“We’re going through the process,” Dubnyk said. “We’re in the same spot where we were. Both sides want to make it happen. We’re going to work to try to get something done that both sides are happy with. I feel like we’re going to be able to do that hopefully.”

The Star-Tribune notes that Fletcher is expected to meet with Dubnyk’s agent Mike Liut on either Wednesday or Thursday as many in the hockey world shift from Las Vegas (for the 2015 NHL Awards) to Florida (for the draft). At that time, there might be a change of tone from one or both camps.

Then again, this week isn’t necessarily a do-or-die time, as Dubnyk said (according to NHL.com’s Dan Rosen).

If nothing else, it’s clear that Dubnyk appreciates his time in Minnesota, and he might just lean toward returning to the Wild. Of course, this is a span where big changes can happen – sometimes rapidly – so stay tuned.

Oddsmaker: Carey Price heavy favorite to win Hart Trophy

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The NHL Awards will be handed out on Wednesday and online bookmaker Bovada is predicting that it will be a very good night for goaltender Carey Price. They put the odds of him winning the Vezina Trophy at a staggering 1/100, which is actually to be expected given that he’s widely regarded as a lock to claim that award.

What is more noteworthy though is the 1/20 odds they’re giving to anyone that wants to pick Price as the Hart Trophy winner. Alex Ovechkin has 5/1 odds while John Tavares is at 10/1. Price was certainly regarded as a serious candidate for that award, but the clear favorite? As good as his season was, the league’s MVP award typically doesn’t go to a netminder, although it wouldn’t be surprising if Price proves to be one of the exceptions.

Keeping with the theme, Carey Price was also given the best odds to win the Ted Lindsay Award (2/7) over Ovechkin (5/2) and Jamie Benn (6/1).

Erik Karlsson is also favored to win his second Norris Trophy over P K Subban and Drew Doughty. Meanwhile Johnny Gaudreau is projected to win the Calder Trophy while Bob Hartley is the favorite for the Jack Adams Award.

You can see the complete list below:

Odds to win the 2015 Hart Memorial Trophy
Carey Price (MON) 1/20
Alexander Ovechkin (WAS) 5/1
John Tavares (NYI) 10/1

Odds to win the 2015 Vezina Trophy
Carey Price (MON) 1/100
Pekka Rinne (NAS) 13/2
Devan Dubnyk (MIN) 11/1

Odds to win the 2015 James Norris Memorial Trophy
Erik Karlsson (OTT) 1/4
P K Subban (MON) 11/4
Drew Doughty (LA) 6/1

Odds to win the 2015 Calder Memorial Trophy
Johnny Gaudreau (CAL) 1/2
Aaron Ekblad (FLA) 7/4
Mark Stone (OTT) 5/1

Odds to win the 2015 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy
Anze Kopitar (LA) 5/11
Pavel Datsyuk (DET) 12/5
Jiri Hudler (CAL) 4/1

Odds to win the 2015 Frank J. Selke Trophy
Patrice Bergeron (BOS) 2/9
Jonathan Toews (CHI) 7/2
Anze Kopitar (LA) 5/1

Odds to win the 2015 Jack Adams Award
Bob Hartley (CAL) 2/11
Alain Vigneault (NYR) 4/1
Peter Laviolette (NSH) 5/1

Odds to win the 2015 Ted Lindsay Award
Carey Price (MON) 2/7
Alexander Ovechkin (WAS) 5/2
Jamie Benn (DAL) 6/1

Chiarelli thinks Oilers will probably add a goalie before draft

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The Edmonton Oilers have captured headlines recently with their changes to their scouting department. If general manager Peter Chiarelli is right, the next big story involving Edmonton might involve the squad acquiring a goaltender.

“My guess is we’ll probably be able to do something before the draft,” Chiarelli told the Edmonton Sun. “But I’m not completely sure.

“At the end of the day it takes two to tango so you have to have the right deal in place. But I’m not averse to going to the free agent market, either.”

He noted that getting a goaltender is a bit of a buyers market as there are several noteworthy netminders on the block. It’s believed that the New York Rangers want to move Cam Talbot, the Ottawa Senators need to trade Craig Anderson or Robin Lehner, and the Vancouver Canucks are open to dealing Eddie Lack.

The fact that Edmonton controls six of the first 86 selections in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft should also help its ability to secure a goaltender in the coming days.

That being said, if the Oilers don’t trade for a netminder, there will likely be options available to them on the open market. Antti Niemi, Jhonas Enroth, and Devan Dubnyk are among those that might test the free agent waters.

Granlund’s agent on contract talks with Wild: ‘I wouldn’t say we’re way off’

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Not only do the Minnesota Wild still have to get Devan Dubnyk signed, they also have a trio of restricted free agents — Mikael Granland, Erik Haula and Christian Folin — in need of new deals.

Granlund, the former ninth overall draft pick, finished with 39 points in 2014-15, the fifth most on the team. The 23-year-old’s agent provided an update on contract talks to the StarTribune.

“We’ve been talking on and off since training camp basically,” said Todd Diamond. “I wouldn’t say we’re way off. It’s like a marathon. The last half mile is the most difficult. I would surmise that’s where we are.”

While Granlund, 23, is obviously a big part of the Wild’s future, Dubnyk, an unrestricted free agent, will be GM Chuck Fletcher’s priority until July 1.

According to the StarTribune, Fletcher will meet with Dubnyk in Las Vegas at next week’s NHL Awards and, soon after that, he’ll meet with Dubnyk’s agent, Mike Liut, at the draft in Florida.

Yesterday, the Wild confirmed their intentions to buy out winger Matt Cooke in order to gain some additional room under the cap.

Wild confirm Cooke buyout; reportedly ‘little headway toward’ Dubnyk deal

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The Minnesota Wild have confirmed their intentions to buy out the remaining season of Matt Cooke’s contract.

“In order to give our team more salary cap flexibility for the upcoming season we needed to make this difficult decision,” said GM Chuck Fletcher in a release. “We thank Matt for his time with the Wild and wish him the best going forward.”

Once Cooke clears waivers, the 36-year-old winger will become an unrestricted free agent, though he cannot re-sign with the Wild. Per CapFriendly, the buyout will result in a cap hit of $500,000 for next season and $1 million in 2016-17.

The Wild need the “salary cap flexibility.” Devan Dubnyk is a pending unrestricted free agent, while forwards Mikael Granlund and Erik Haula are pending RFAs.

According to Michael Russo of the StarTribune, there “has been little headway toward a new deal” for Dubnyk, who will officially become unrestricted on July 1.