The Minnesota Wild will not let the most coveted available NHL goaltender hit the open market.
On the heels of his breakout, Vezina-nominated season, Devan Dubnyk has agreed to a multi-year extension with Minnesota on Day 2 of NHL Draft weekend — just days after winning the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, acknowledging him as the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to the game.
The $25-million deal carries a six-year term and a cap hit of $4.16 million, as first reported by Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune
The new deal will carry a limited no-trade clause for a portion of the contract. Paperwork is expected to be signed Monday.
After the Wild swiped Dubnyk mid-season from the Arizona Coyotes, the club rode his .936 save percentage and 1.78 goals-against average from the lottery to the post-season.
“I had the most fun playing hockey I ever had in my career,” Dubnyk, 29, said earlier this week. “It was a great situation last year, and both sides want to make it work. When that’s the case, usually you’re able to get something done.”
Dubnyk’s extension signals a hefty raise from his previous deal, a one-year, $800,000 commitment set to expire on July 1.
Minnesota is also committed to backup goalies Darcy Kuemper ($1.25 million cap hit) and Niklas Backstrom ($3.417 million) through the end of 2015-16.
June 27, 2015