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Sharks Acquire Dubnyk for 5th, Wild Retain 50% Cap Hit



Devan Dubnyk, San Jose Sharks

Per Michael Russo, the San Jose Sharks will acquire Devan Dubnyk and a 2022 seventh-round pick from the Minnesota Wild for a 2022 fifth-round pick and money retained.

According to Russo, the Wild will retain half of Dubnyk’s $4.33 million cap hit — so the Sharks’ cap hit on the 34-year-old goaltender will be just $2.17 million.

“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 GM 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.”

In total today, the San Jose Sharks have acquired winger Ryan Donato ($1.93 million cap hit for one more year), goalie Dubnyk ($2.17 million for one more year), and a 2022 seventh-round pick from Minnesota for a 2021 third-round pick (from Pittsburgh) and a 2022 fifth-round pick.

This will leave the Sharks roughly $10 million dollars of cap space to acquire two more (hopefully middle-six) forwards and two more (likely bottom-pairing) defensemen.

San Jose Hockey Now has been ferreting out information about Dubnyk for a couple weeks now.

Just today, we talked to goaltending experts Cat Silverman and Cole Anderson about some of Dubnyk’s red flags:

Cat Silverman & Cole Anderson on If Acquiring Dubnyk Is a Mistake

Kyle and JD batted around the idea of Dubnyk to the San Jose Sharks on the Locked On Sharks podcast:

Is Devan Dubnyk the Answer for Sharks?

And as far back as two weeks ago, I was receiving decided mixed signals about Dubnyk from NHL scouts, with opinions ranging from “I don’t love Dubnyk…When I was watching him, it seemed like he was guessing a bit” to “I expect him to bounce back”:

Scouts on How Potential Buyout UFAs Would Fit Sharks

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Jackson Edward


I can’t help but feel very positive about these moves from DW.

Think we’re still going for a RW to round out the roster?


Most on the boards are up in arms over this move. I trust Nabby. He knows more than I do, that’s for certain.
I agree that these are positive moves, Donato can shoot the lights out and has upside and don’t forget, Dubnyk could have chosen not to come here. I believe he wants to prove himself.


I think Guerin still had pity for the Sharks. He bombed in the 2007 playoffs with our team and was a major factor of the rebuilding Penguins team that ended up winning the cup over us.

Gary To

I like these trades. Minimal risk, minimal cost, especially with wild taking on half of Dubnyk’s cap hit. As long as he bounce back a just a little, he would be better than anyone sharks can get for that same cap hit. Donato is a middle six winger, has his flaws but should do well since most of sharks Cs are responsible in all three zones. I hope they will go after another top-6 or middle six RW. Hoffman is a non-starter for obvious reasons. They won’t go for and can’t afford high profile guys like toffoli, dadonov, Hall, etc.… Read more »


Toffoli wants to play for Vancouver, but it looks like the Sharks will have 5-6M open, depending on how they handle things, which is enough to cover the rumored Toffoli contracts and speculated Dadonov range. But yeah, Granlund is a really interesting option, being just 28 and his stats only started to drop when he got to Nashville, implying the issues might not be his fault.

Jackson Edward

If we could get Virtanen for the WSH 2021 3rd I’d be super down to add him.

Jackson Edward

I just really like the idea of Virtanen for several reasons: He’s a good goal scorer, he’s high energy, he’s a heart guy in need of a veteran mentor, and he punches faces.

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