Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Dumba's NHL stint nearing end?
By Victoria Matiash
Mathew Dumba's days with the Minnesota Wild are likely coming to an end. For now.
While the 18-year-old remains with the Wild to start the NHL regular season, he has yet to play a game. And once Jonas Brodin (broken clavicle) and Marco Scandella (groin) are fully healed, Dumba will likely be sent back to his junior squad, the Red Deer Rebels (WHL). Both Brodin and Scandella could return this week. But, as discussed by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, that doesn't mean the big-league experience has been a bust for the young defenseman.
"He's participating in practices, he's participating in warmup," Wild coach Mike Yeo said. "For a guy like that to be around NHL players and not only have the chance to skate and practice with them, but to also see how they prepare and how they conduct themselves, it's been very valuable to him."
And there's still a chance -- albeit a slim one -- that Dumba could dress for the Wild on Friday in Detroit.