Good news, bad news for Wild fans on this.
Good news of course, Mat Dumba and Marco Scandella will be left alone.
Sure Dumba hasn't reached his full potential (and some pundits feel he may not), but I haven't given up on him, seeing as how he has come a long way from being a completely clueless rookie player out there to a competent NHL defenseman now.
Plus, he is only 22 damned years old and can skate VERY well and does have offensive upside as well. One simply does not give up on a young defenseman like that so quickly. There is a reason after all, teams in the past have inquired about him and the Knights threatened to take him.
Scandella, of course, is in the prime of his defensive career, and does a bit of everything for Minnesota, from hitting, to transitional offense, can play on the PP or PK, blocks shots, and has a very good point shot. His only real issue is if he can stay healthy which he has had trouble doing over the course of his time with the Wild.
But a healthy Scandella would be tough to replace at this stage for Minnesota.
Erik Haula is a nice, if not spectacular player to give up.
Obviously, I'd rather give up him than the young D-man Matthew Dumba (and the GM feels the same way too apparently), but nonetheless, Minnesota is giving up a nice Center-winger, who can play on any line, just about with any type of linemate, and will, albeit in streaks, be productive.
Haula had yet to find consistency at the NHL level, which is why he was mostly mired in the bottom six for the Wild, but perhaps Vegas will use him in a higher role more often and he will grow further from that.
And then we have Alex Tuch, Minny's 1st rounder from 2014.
He played some games with Minnesota and he looked pretty good. Good size, seems to have decent offensive instincts.
Of course, no one knows how he will pan out the rest of his career.....he could turn out to be the next great power forward, or he can turn out to be just an ok big forward.
So I am worried more about Minny giving up Tuch than giving up Haula.....but again, if it means leaving Dumba and Scandella (a still up n coming defenseman and a proven NHL defenseman) intact, then Tuch will, as the still yet UNPROVEN guy, will have to be the price.
21 years old and already 6'4 220 though for Tuch.....guess we will have to see.
Eric Staal as a potential take form Vegas? I suppose.
But I think Staal's age (not old, but not very young either) would have prohibited Vegas from taking him anyways.
Dumba and Scandella, IMO, were the biggest targets on Minnesota for the Knights.