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.