I think the Wild tied up Dumba first because they are concerned about Suters injury. He may or may not be ready for the opener. And if he is ready, it is going to take him time to get into condition. Which leaves the Wild with Spurgeon and a collection of average defensemen.
Its very apparent that Brodin is basically Nick Schultz Mk II. Doesn’t do anything poorly, but doesn’t excell at anything either. Is that worthy of being a top pair defenseman? I guess it does on the Wild.
As an outsider i think this is a good deal especially at today's going rate.
Coming off a 14 goal 50 point season. A right handed defenseman (worth their weight in gold) who just turned 23.
If you look at his point progression in a year or two if he continues to climb in production this could turned into a helluva contract.
I have always liked Mat Dumba, so I am glad he is staying with Minnesota for the next 5 years at least.
I think he has come a long way from the time he was first brought up.
Never questioned his ability, but it was his DECISION making that sometimes left me scratching my head.
Well, when you get a young defenseman come into the league with some high expectations, I expect the pressure may sometimes spill over onto his on-ice performance.
Glad to say that slowly