Spending his last three seasons with the WHL’s Red Deer Rebels, Mathew Dumba has quickly established himself as a standout player. Although known for his crushing open-ice hits, he has proved himself to be a legitimate two-way player, using wrist strength to compile 57 points (20-37-57) in 69 games for the Rebels last season.
On Monday, the Minnesota Wild held a press conference at the Xcel Energy Center to officially introduce newly signed free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter. Before the media was allowed to ask questions, the two seven-year veterans donned Wild jerseys for the first time. However, on the front of each player’s sweater was a large “A”, as both have been awarded alternate captainships.
The wait is finally over, and Minnesota Wild fans have something extra to celebrate this 4th of July, as their club has signed forward Zach Parise and defenseman Ryan Suter. Arguably the two biggest free agents in the league this summer, Wild brass showed the pair how much they would like to have the superstars in the State of Hockey next season by opening up their wallets. Both 27 year olds signed 13 year deals worth $98 million each.
The Minnesota Wild has re-signed two players, while making qualifying offers to eight others. Forwards Chad Rau and Stephane Veilleux are back onboard with new two-way contracts. Restricted free agents Cody Almond, David McIntyre, Carson McMillan, Nick Palmieri, Jarod Palmer, Chay Genoway, Justin Falk, and Dennis Endras also have offers on the table from Minnesota, though it seems unlikely that Almond will be with the club next year.