Matt Dumba was a hot commodity at the NHL trade deadline the past few years but Minnesota Wild GM Bill Guerin refused to trade him for assets and keep him in hopes of a deep playoff run.
The Wild cannot afford to re-sign unrestricted free agent Dumba to a long-term deal this offseason as they are stuck in NHL salary cap hell because of the Zach Parise and Ryan Suter buyouts. The next two years the Wild have a $14 million cap hit against the team because of the buyouts.
Toronto Maple Leafs, San Jose Sharks interested in Matt Dumba
It is somewhat surprising that a team has not signed the hard-hitting defenseman Matt Dumba to a contract since we are 10 days into NHL free agency.
Elliotte Friedman was on the NHL Network and stated that the Toronto Maple Leafs talked to Matt Dumba about a contract but could not make the salary work. The Leafs could revisit Dumba if they do intend to trade William Nylander to Calgary?
Friedman went on to say in his TV hit that the San Jose Sharks have interest in signing Dumba. Friedman stated that if they Sharks do trade Erik Karlsson to Carolina or Pittsburgh, they will be in need of a defenseman.
Would Matt Dumba want to sign with a rebuilding team in San Jose? If he is all about the money, he will. If he wants to be on a playoff contender, he will wait things out.