Devan Dubnyk and a seventh-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft were traded to the San Jose Sharks by the Minnesota Wild on Monday for a fifth-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft.
Dubnyk was 12-15-2 with a 3.35 goals-against average and .890 save percentage in 30 games (28 starts) this season. The 34-year-old missed time in November and December when his wife, Jenn, was dealing with a medical situation, and he lost his job as Minnesota’s No. 1 goalie toward the end of the season to Alex Stalock, who started all four games for the Wild in their loss to the Vancouver Canucks in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers.
“Devan has been one of the League’s top goaltenders for many years and after playing so many years in the Western Conference, is someone our hockey staff is very familiar with,” Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said. “As we head into what will surely be a unique season, his acquisition gives us a high-quality and experienced tandem of netminders.”
Dubnyk has one season remaining on a six-year, $26 million contract ($4.33 million average annual value) he signed with Minnesota on July 4, 2015.
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San Jose, which missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2015, has struggled with its goaltending the past two seasons.
Martin Jones was 17-21-2 with a 3.00 GAA and .896 save percentage in 41 games (40 starts) this season. Aaron Dell, who can become an unrestricted free agent Oct. 9, was 12-15-3 with a 3.01 GAA and .907 save percentage.
In 2018-19, Jones had a 2.94 GAA and .896 save percentage, and Dell had a 3.17 GAA and .886 save percentage.
Selected by the Edmonton Oilers in the first round (No. 14) of the 2004 NHL Draft, Dubnyk is 247-195-52 with a 2.58 GAA, .915 save percentage and 32 shutouts in 520 regular-season games. He is 8-18 with a 2.72 GAA and .904 save percentage in 26 playoff games.
Minnesota (35-27-7, .558 points percentage) was the No. 10 seed in the Western Conference and won Game 1 of its best-of-5 Qualifier series before losing three straight to the Canucks. General manager Bill Guerin said Aug. 10 the Wild were not committed to Dubnyk or Stalock next season.
“No, the hierarchy’s not clear,” Guerin said. “Whoever’s playing well is going to play. I was disappointed in the goaltending this year. Al had a tremendous year and Devan had an off year, and it needs to be better. That’s just the way it is. And if I told you anything different, I’d be lying to you. It was not a strong point for us.
“Can those two turn it around for you next year? No, I can’t say that. If we don’t get the feeling that we’re going to be better, then we’re going to improve it.”
The Wild have made four trades since losing in the Qualifiers. They traded a conditional pick in the 2021 NHL Draft to the Pittsburgh Penguins for forward Nick Bjugstad on Sept. 11. Six days later, center Eric Staal was traded to the Buffalo Sabres for forward Marcus Johansson.
Forward Ryan Donato was traded to the Sharks on Monday for a third-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft, one previously owned by the Penguins as part of the trade for forward Patrick Marleau on Feb. 24.