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from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,
I'm told they're not far off money-wise. Wild has gotten up to the low $4 million range. Dubnyk is willing to come into the high 4s.
I do think term is the biggest issue. Dubnyk is asking for bigtime security (many years, maybe the max eight, I hear) and the Wild likely doesn't want to go more than four years and probably prefers three.
We'll see if Dubnyk budges.
A lot of that could depend on what he's hearing from teams like San Jose, which has shown interest during the free-agent shopping period along with one other team. A lot could depend today where Cam Talbot is traded to because that could get the ball rolling in terms of other goalie trades like Eddie Lack, Robin Lehner, Martin Jones and Antti Raanta.
Dallas could have interest, too, in Dubnyk, although the Stars still have Kari Lehtonen at three years left with a $5.9 million cap hit. Like I inferred above, I'm not 100 percent sure of the other team I heard showed interest in Dubnyk yesterday.
I hear Buffalo has been offering its 31st pick in deals for one of the goalies, by the way.
From the NHL:
NHL ANNOUNCES 2014-15 ALL-STAR TEAMS
LAS VEGAS (June 24, 2015) -- Left wing Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals, who earned his seventh career berth on the First All-Star Team, heads the list of players voted to the 2014-15 National Hockey League postseason All-Star Teams. Also a three-time honoree on the Second Team, Ovechkin’s 10 career postseason All-Star Team selections are the most among active players.
Six of Ovechkin’s seven career First Team berths have come at left wing (he was voted to the First Team at right wing in 2012-13). The only left wings in NHL history with more First Team selections are Bobby Hull (10) and Ted Lindsay (eight).
Joining Ovechkin on the First Team are three first-time selections: goaltender Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens, center John Tavares of the New York Islanders and right wing Jakub Voracek of the Philadelphia Flyers. The squad also features a pair of defensemen who have been selected to the First Team for the second time, Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators and P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens.
Among those named to the Second Team is Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, voted to his fifth career postseason All-Star berth (3 First Team, 2 Second Team). Defensemen Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings and Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators both have landed a spot on the Second Team for the second time, while Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn, Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk and St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko are making their first career appearance on the Second Team.
Voting for the All-Star Team is conducted among representatives of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association at the end of the regular season.
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from Frank Seravalli of TSN (formerly of the Philadelphia Daily News),
So far, little progress has been made between the Wild and Dubnyk's agent, Mike Liut, on keeping him in Minnesota. Dubnyk met with Fletcher briefly here on Tuesday morning, but numbers were not discussed. Dubnyk reiterated his interest in remaining with the Wild.
Liut and Fletcher are expected to meet again on Wednesday in South Florida to negotiate. The NHL and NHLPA announced next season's hard salary cap ceiling of $71.4 million on Tuesday, at least providing some form of clarity on Fletcher's flexibility.
According to GeneralFanager.com, Minnesota has approximately $12 million in salary cap space, with more than $4.6 million committed to goaltenders Niklas Backstrom and Darcy Kuemper.
Dubnyk is reportedly seeking a long-term deal with an average annual value north of $5 million per season.
It is a complicated negotiation. Dubnyk knows perhaps better than anyone - based on what he experienced last season - the volatility of the goaltending position. He wants to maximize his earnings in a limited window, but is also comfortable in Minnesota. There are only three or four other teams looking for a starting goaltender, limiting his leverage.
"It's difficult because it becomes the business side of it," Dubnyk said. "I had the most fun playing hockey I ever had in my career. The fans are great, the city's great, the guys are great. Everything was awesome.
"I almost had it completely go away last year. You weigh both sides. You're standing in a good situation - as long as it's fair. It has to be fair."
from Chad Graff of the Pioneer Press,
In an attempt to decrease the considerable distance between the two sides negotiating a contract, Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher and goalie Devan Dubnyk are set to informally meet face-to-face in Las Vegas on Tuesday or Wednesday.
Dubnyk will be in Vegas to attend the NHL Awards as a nominee in two categories, the Vezina Trophy given to the league's top goalie and the Masterton Award given to the player who best exemplifies perseverance. Fletcher will be there for league meetings.
Afterward, Fletcher will head to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and meet with Dubnyk's agent, Mike Liut, Wednesday night or Thursday. Those two haven't come close to completing a new contract for the goaltender who helped lift the Wild out of a midseason tailspin and into the playoffs.
Since a meeting in Buffalo, N.Y., at the beginning of the month, little headway has been made on a new contract for Dubnyk, who otherwise is set to become a (un)restricted free agent on July 1.
"I'm still hopeful we'll get a deal done," Fletcher said. "He's certainly a guy we'd like to sign, and it's certainly our priority to re-sign him. And yet we're cognizant that ultimately he holds the cards. We'll do the best we can within those parameters."
from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,
I got some Twitter questions asking if Andrew Hammond’s three-year, $4 million contract with Ottawa establishes the market. Simple answer: Not at all. Hammond has played 24 NHL games. Dubnyk has played 231 and has been a No. 1 in Edmonton and Minnesota.
The Wild will not be offering Dubnyk $1.3 million per year. The market for Dubnyk is basically whatever another team will pay him as a free agent (couple that with the fact there’s no obvious answer for the Wild if Dubnyk leaves).
Now, maybe Dubnyk takes less to stay in a place where he was a solid fit, but this was a $3.75 million goalie in Edmonton. For the Wild to sign him, the deal will obviously average well north of $3 million per.
The final figure will depend on term. Give him three years, the average salary/cap hit is probably more. Give him four or five years, and the Wild can probably get the average salary/cap hit to a more comfortable number. Two years makes little sense to me. 1) Why would he take two years? 2) Two years basically means you have to talk to him about an extension next summer if he has a big year.
As I mentioned recently, the biggest concern is that free-agent interview period in late June. I’d think the Wild would want to avoid it getting to the point where Dubnyk says, “Let me see what else is out there, and I’ll circle back to ya.”
more on Dubnyk and the Wild...
On Hockey Night in Canada, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman discussed the post-Babcock coaching dominoes (Todd Nelson of Edmonton "free to look around," Don Sweeney meeting with Claude Julien to discuss "personnel and style of play," Dan Bylsma's status, Ken Hitchcock's future) and Devan Dubnyk's desire to re-sign with the Wild:
The Chicago Blachkawks defeated the Minnesota Wild 4-3--hanging on to squeeze out what was at one point a 4-1 win--on Thursday night, sweeping the Wild and advancing to the Western Conference Final.
This goal by Patrick Kane summarizes the Blackhawks' mastery of the Wild--and Devan Dubnyk, who twisted and turned slinkily but could not stop this 2-on-1 opportunity by Bryan Bickell and Kane:
The Minnesota Wild are one of the hottest teams in the NHL right now and it all started with a trade made for journeyman goaltender Devan Dubnyk.
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
Devan Dubnyk was a forgotten man when crunch time arrived last season. As a Black Ace during the Montreal Canadiens playoff run, the NHL seemed a long way off.
“I was skating with five guys,” Dubnyk recalled Monday. “Five guys that made me feel old.”
The goaltender was so far buried down the depth chart that he asked to go home after the second round to spend time with his wife Jennifer and infant son Nathaniel. Even when Habs starter Carey Price was injured in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final, he didn’t second-guess the decision.
“I felt like I needed to go be a dad,” said Dubnyk.
He also needed a break after a season that saw him go from Oilers starter to Predators backup to Habs minor-leaguer in the span of a couple months. It was a precipitous fall. Dubnyk was beaten down and embarrassed.
"It was a big slip for me," he said.
When you speak with the 28-year-old today it's hard to believe he's the same guy.
Among the Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons' mostly Maple Leaf and/or Toronto-centric Sunday sports notes:
Mark Giordano’s season-ending injury has complicated voting for the Norris Trophy. Somehow, between Shea Weber, Drew Doughty, the alleged embellisher P.K. Subban, Ryan McDonagh, the re-emerging Erik Karlsson and Duncan Keith, it’s a tough ballot to figure out. Said a pro scout: “If I’m voting the first half of the season, I’m voting Giordano. If I’m voting the second half, I’m taking Karlsson. He’s back skating like he was before injury. But if I’m voting for the whole season, Weber is the pick. He does everything well."
The Minnesota Wild are 14 games over .500 with Devan Dubnyk in goal and nine games under .500 in games he hasn’t played. The Coyotes were two games over .500 in games Dubnyk played in Arizona and are now 31 games under .500 without him. Can you say Hart Trophy candidate — just after Carey Price?
Mike Santorelli has been a disaster in Nashville thus far: He has one assist in 14 games with the Predators. No doubt he’s regretting walking away from that multi-year offer in Toronto.
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from Travis Yost of TSN,
We’re growing more confident in Dubnyk’s ability, despite the unsustainable downswing in 2013-2014 and unsustainable upswing in 2014-2015. He’s seen a ton of rubber, and we now can be confident that he’s between a 91.5% goalie and 92.7% goalie at even-strength. His worst case scenario is now that of a very good back-up who can spot start without the team missing a hitch. His best case scenario? Sergei Bobrovsky.
And, right smack in the middle (92.1%) of where Dubnyk sits in his career? Something like James Reimer, Cam Ward, Michal Neuvirth, or Marc-Andre Fleury.
For a goalie whose career was in jeopardy just six months ago, it strikes me as obvious that Dubnyk not only belongs in this league, but warrants a contract with some job security come next summer.
“It’s a very fickle business and, you get a much bigger appreciation for having an opportunity to play in the NHL. You come to the rink every day, you have a chance to get to do it again. You get a really strong appreciation for that after what I went through last year.”
-Devan Dubnyk, goaltender for the Arizona Coyotes reflecting on his time with the Edmonton Oilers. More from Dubnyk from Mark Spector of Sportsnet.
FYI: Perhaps the Canadiens needed help in the absence of Carey Price:
from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,
The Predators traded forward Matt Henrdicks to Edmonton to bolster their goaltending situation on Jan. 15, but were underwhelmed by the condition of their new acquisition’s game.
“We got Devan from Edmonton, and what we realized very quickly was that Devan has a lot of… I’ll say bad habits he’s picked up this year,” Predators coach Barry Trotz told Nashville radio station 94.9 Game2 on Wednesday. “We started him at home, and you could really see he was out of sync in his game, so we wanted to spend some time with him working with [goaltending coach] Mitch Korn, just being able to get his game in order.”
By all reports, Edmonton goaltender Devan Dubnyk made some great saves in the 1st period last night against the Boston Bruins, but this was not one of them.
He faced 18 shots, gave up 3 goals in the opening frame and was replaced by Jason Labarbera in the 2nd period.
How are the Edmonton Oilers reacting to their poor goaltending to start the season?
Bob McKenzie: Devan Dubnyk's sub-par performance on Saturday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs does not have Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish pushing the panic button, but it does have him reaching for the telephone.
As early as Sunday, MacTavish has been working the phones and working them hard to determine the market for goaltenders. They are looking at every possibility, from Anaheim's Jonas Hiller to Buffalo's Ryan Miller to Brian Elliott in St. Louis to Michal Neuvirth in Washington and beyond.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal.
When Toronto Maple Leafs’ centre Dave Bolland slapped one through the legs of Devan Dubnyk to finish of a 3-on-1 OT breakout Saturday, the Hockey Night in Canada cameras panned in on Edmonton Oilers GM Craig MacTavish. He looked sick to his stomach.
He wore the look of a man who knows he has a big problem but isn’t sure when or how he can fix it. He needs a goalie, or, at the least his No. 1 goalie to make a save when the team most needs it. Somehow Dubnyk, who never got the love he deserved last year for his .920 save percentage, facing the fifth most shots in the league, can’t stop anything now. He’s given up 19 goals on 111 shots in a little more than 3 1/2 games, including six on 26 shots in Toronto Saturday night in a wildly entertaining, river-hockey game.
Jonathan Bernier, who seemed to have wrested the No. 1 job from James Reimer going into Saturday’s game, frankly wasn’t any better at the other end, giving up five on 31, including some sour ones, in his worst night of the season, but he got the W.
Dubnyk did not. He’s the Oilers goalie, for better or worst, and it’s look like the latter right now. Jason LaBarbera is one of the NHL’s best guys and best quotes but he’s a long-time backup. it’s not like the Oilers have say, Reimer behind Dubnyk, or Buffalo’s Swedish goalie Jhonas Enroth, who’s pushing Ryan Miller for starts in Buffalo, or the tag-team of Viktor Fasth and Jonas Hiller in Anaheim.
David Legwand scores from center ice.
from Jonathan Willis of The Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,
The Edmonton Oilers’ only realistic internal choice in net right now is Devan Dubnyk.
Backup Nikolai Khabibulin is playing out the string off a brilliant career that should have ended before he joined the team; he’s old, often injured, not very good when healthy and above all not a credible alternative to Dubnyk. The organization has been reluctant to use third-stringer Yann Danis, a minor-league journeyman with impressive credentials but who is suffering through a hard season. Beyond those two, it’s hard to find a competent AHL starter, let alone an NHL option.
But how does Dubnyk compare to other goaltenders, outside the Oilers organization? Because there are still plenty of questions around Dubnyk – he has never been a full-season starter in the NHL – a comparison to other goalies from recent seasons should offer some guidance as to what to expect from the player.
From Bruce McCurdy at the Cult of Hockey in the Edmonton Journal:
The Edmonton Oilers have been a struggling team for a long time now. They haven’t been great since Mark Messier, Glenn Anderson and Grant Fuhr completed the exodus of Hall of Famers way back in the fall of 1991, twenty long years ago. Since then they have ranged from lousy to mediocre and back to lousy again, and the last two years have hit new lows in finishing 30th and dead last in the NHL in back-to-back seasons.
Lots of problems to go around, but for sure one root cause has been lousy-to-mediocre goaltending, especially in those last two seasons. Nikolai Khabibulin has ranged from lousy to Medicare, his primary replacement Jeff Deslauriers had his moments but left a lot to be desired, and promising youngster Devan Dubnyk has been handled with kid gloves as he finds his way behind a crummy team in the toughest league at all.
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Olli Jokinen can’t believe the save by Devan Dubnyk.