Trade Matt Dumba
Matt Dumba has been one of the Minnesota Wild’s best defensemen during the past nine seasons; productive, consistent, and loved in the locker room and community. His leadership and admiration from his teammates resulted in him permanently wearing an “A” this season, the first time in his career.
Dumba is under contract for one more season and accounts for $6 million against the salary cap. Dumba is set to become an unrestricted free agent in the 2023-2024 season and with the team’s cap penalties will be near impossible to retain. Dumba also has a full no-trade clause in his contract so moving him would require his approval first, which could limit any return in a trade.
The Iowa Wild currently roster Calen Addison and Dakota Mermis, who in brief appearances when called up show the promise and potential to replace Dumba’s on-ice contributions. Neither of them are Matt Dumba and make no mistake, there is not a player that could replace his locker room presence or impact that he has on the community.
This may be the toughest and shrewdest move Guerin could be forced to make.