Matt Dumba signs 5-year extension with Wild

Matt Dumba has signed a five-year, $30 million contract extension with the Minnesota Wild. With this new deal, Dumba and the Wild have avoided the arbitration hearing that was scheduled for Monday. Dumba, 23, is one of the most gifted young defensemen in the game. Dumba had NHL career highs in goals (14), assists (36) and points (50) in 82 regular-season games with the Wild last season. Coming off a two-year, $5.1 million contract it no surprise to see this kind of extension after a monster season.

“Five more years, I think of five solid years in Minnesota,” Dumba said. “It has become home for me. It was a no-brainer. … I’m very appreciative and happy to know I’m going to be in the State of Hockey for five more years. “I do believe we do have something really, really strong here, so I think we can make a push. It’s exciting to think about it that way.”

“I look back at my personal growth over the season and I want that to just be the start,” Dumba said. “I think I started the year a little slow, to be honest, and if I can play at the pace I was down the stretch the entire season, I think, I hope, I’m just scratching the surface.

“If anything changes, it’s going to be just that constant drive to accomplish something that we haven’t and get past that second round of the playoffs and get to that Stanley Cup. I think our time is now, and we got to start talking about it now and getting everyone on that same page.”

Minnesota selected Dumba in the first round (No. 7) of the 2012 NHL Draft. He has 128 points (44 goals, 84 assists) in 310 NHL games and eight points (three goals, five assists) in 26 playoff games.

“If you look at Matt’s production, I guess over the last three years really, if you really break it down with all the defenseman that have since ’05-06 been able to score in double digits in goals and have been this productive, it’s a pretty elite group,” Wild general manager Paul Fenton said. “He’s one of four guys (Aaron Ekblad, Drew Doughty, Dion Phaneuf) that has had three consecutive years of 10-plus goals before he’s 23 years old; when you look at it in that light and you’re seeing him going forward as possibly getting better than it certainly made sense to go in the terms that we did. ”

Simply put, this is a smart hockey move for both sides.