That hasn’t been so easy so far. Dubnyk is at the NHL Awards here. He doesn’t have a contract with the Wild. He’d understandably like a fair upgrade from the $800,000 he made last year.
"That earning window is small and sometimes there are opportunities, and they can go away on you," Dubnyk said. "I almost had it go away completely last year. You have to understand that's an important part of it and that's part of your life as well, but you weigh both sides and understand that in a good situation, as long as it's fair, and it has to be fair, you're going to do everything you can to make sure it happens."
According to Dubnyk, he and general manager Chuck Fletcher met Tuesday morning in Sin City to chat about a new deal. Remember, Thursday, Dubnyk can start meeting with other teams.
The 29-year-old Dubnyk’s desire for a good deal should be understandable – since he was beat out by Carter Hutton for the Nashville backup job in 2013-14 and basically traded to Montreal for nothing by Nashville.
Fletcher is supposed to meet with Dubnyk’s agent, Mike Liut at the NHL Draft in Florida at the end of the week. According to a prior report in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Wild want to hit around the $4 million mark. Dubnyk wants more than $5 million.
We’ve noted earlier, he has all the leverage in this situation. He went 27-9-2 last season. The Wild were under .500 before he arrived. The Wild finished at 46-28-8 with 100 points. They'd have gone nowhere this year without this guy. Mike Yeo could have been out of a job. Fletcher too.
The NHL announced the salary cap for next season will go up to just $71.4 million. And the GMs/Stone Cutters are meeting right now. Whoa boy ...
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