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Wild conclude trade deadline period by sending Connor Dewar to Toronto

DENVER — It was somehow appropriate that a day after Brandon Duhaime was traded to Colorado, the Wild traded longtime linemate Connor Dewar, as well.

“I guess. It’s just kind of the way it goes,” Dewar said Friday, shortly after learning he had been dealt to Toronto for a fourth-round pick in the 2026 entry draft and the rights to prospect Dmitry Ovchinnikov.

Duhaime was in the home dressing room at Ball Arena on Friday morning, ready to make his debut with the Avalanche against the team that drafted him in the fourth round in 2016. So the “Deweys,” as they’ve come to be known, said their farewells on Thursday in Arizona.

“It was a pretty emotional day yesterday. It was hard,” Dewar said. “But it kind of got me ready for today.”

Dewar, 24, is sad to be leaving the team that picked him in the third round of the 2018 draft and a little numb as he left the team hotel Friday to catch a flight to Montreal, where the Maple Leafs will play the Canadiens on Saturday night.

“Shock, I guess,” Dewar said. “I got the call a few minutes after the deadline had passed, so I kinda thought I had made it for a second. But every Dew has his day, I guess.”

Wild general manager Bill Guerin completed two other deals on Friday before the 2 p.m. CT deadline, sending forward Pat Maroon to Boston for prospect Luke Toporowski and a conditional sixth-round pick in the 2026 entry draft and swapping minor league forwards with the New York Rangers.

Ovchinnikov, 21, played parts of four seasons in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League before joining the Maple Leafs’ American Hockey League team at the tail end of last season.

None of the players acquired over the past two days — forwards Ovchinnikov, Luke Toporowski and Turner Elson — will report to the Wild. Trading Dewar and Duhaime were the most significant moves of this year’s deadline period.

“There was a lot of interest in both of them,” Guerin said.

Dewar, 24, has a career-high 10 goals and 14 points in 57 games this season playing mostly as the fourth-line center. With few exceptions, he and Duhaime — who is 4-4–8 in 62 games — had been playing side by side since both matriculated to the Wild in 2021-22.

Tabbed the “Deweys” by coaches and players, the duo was featured in a Wild television spot wearing name tags that read “Dewey 1” and “Dewey 2.” Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury often wore a T-shirt featuring cartoon likenesses of the two during games — with glasses drawn on Duhaime’s likeness during a good-natured prank war.

Fleury wasn’t wearing it during the Wild’s 5-2 victory over Arizona on Thursday, the team’s first game without Duhaime but said it would make a “good pajama.”

Dewar, who grew up in Manitoba, said the prospect of playing for an Original Six team in a big Canadian market was exciting, but he called his time with the Wild “everything.”

“I’m pretty excited,” he said. “That being said, I thought Minnesota was a great hockey market, too.”

Moving on

Still technically in the playoff race, the Wild will now audition some prospects over the last 19 games of the regular season. Because Minnesota will have another $14.7 million in dead cap space next year, Guerin needs prospects to make the team and play well next season.

Minnesota also has three extra picks in the 2026 draft: a third (Duhaime), fourth (Dewar) and a conditional sixth-round 2026 draft pick (Maroon).

Forward Marat Khusnutdinov, who was traveling from Russia to Minnesota on Friday and expected to go through his medicals on Saturday, is expected to play as soon as possible. Forwards Adam Beckman and Mason Shaw and defenseman Declan Chisholm are already on the Wild roster.

“A lot of the moves done today, we’re thinking about the future of the organization,” Guerin said. “And being prepared down the line is part of it. It’s not always about immediate return.”

Ovchinnikov, 21, will remain with the Toronto Marlies, where he has seven goals and 10 points in 24 games over parts of two seasons. Toporowski, 22, acquired from Boston in the Maroon trade, and Elson, 31, swapped for center Nic Petan, will report to Iowa.

Briefly

Asked what the condition on the sixth-round pick for Maroon is, Guerin said, twice, “I’m not telling.” … Kirill Kaprizov’s second-period power play goal in Thursday’s 5-2 victory at Arizona gave him 30 goals and made him the first Wild player to score at least 30 in three consecutive seasons.

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