The Arizona Coyotes are in sell-now mode and the second domino just fell.
Coyotes back-up goaltender Devan Dubnyk was traded to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for a 2015 third-round draft pick, according to multiple sources.
#Coyotes have traded Dubnyk to the Wild for a third-round pick, source says.— Sarah McLellan (@azc_mclellan) January 14, 2015
Dubnyk signed a one-year deal with Arizona last offseason, coming off the worst season of his career. He rebounded nicely this season, going 9-5-2 with a 2.72 goals against average and a .916 save percentage. He also had one shutout.
The Wild are fringe playoff contenders in desperate need of goaltending, and hope the 28-year-old can continue his strong play in Minnesota.
Arizona will turn back to Mike Smith as its full-time starter, who is having a season to forget. However, hockey is a business and Smith is under contract for four more seasons while Dubnyk is a pending UFA.
No word on who the new full-time Coyotes back-up goaltender will be, but prospect Louis Domingue and veteran Mike McKenna will certainly garner the most consideration.
Domingue is 6-2 with 2.26 goals against average and .924 save percentage in eight AHL starts. McKenna has a 2.17 GAA and .932 save percentage in 30 games.
Mike Lee will get the first crack at the gig, but that may just be for Thursday's game.
Mike Lee will be the backup for now. Louis Domingue will also get a look. He's currently in St. John's with Portland.— Sarah McLellan (@azc_mclellan) January 14, 2015