Not sure what the conundrum is. Dubnyk is not a good goaltender. Statistics bear it out. Time may have caught up to him.
And if we want a shot at a true 1C, then leave him in there. Quit clamoring for Kahkonen or some other goalie. Because if the Wild manage to turn this around, it’s going to be another Wild Card Playoff spot, another first round exit, and another 15-20 draft pick which will just reinforce Leipold’s delusion that this team is a Cup contender and “we don’t need to rebuild “...
The team was intent on making the Playoffs last year. They were borderline in/out of the Playoff picture. So they are not going to put an AHL goalie between the pipes "just to see if he can handle it." They are going to go with the veteran net minder, a known quantity.
Rushing guys like Kahkonen and Robson is exactly what the Wild are known for. Before a guy proves anything in the AHL, they'd yo-yo guys back and "just to give them a taste". Leave them in Iowa to see how they perform
Since franchise inception the Wild has been a low scoring team backed by solid goaltending. From Manny Fernandez to Duane Roloson, Josh Harding to Nik Backstrom and now Duane Dubnyk, Wild netminders have given the squad a chance to win. As such, we have always been an organization built to win games 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2. Yet the league is listing toward race horse hockey, with teams that can easily put up 4 to 5 goals a game. If Dubnyk is struggling or injured, overworked, yes, give Robson a look,