The road to the San Jose Sharks rebuilding the goaltending pipeline has been full of unexpected picks, and I can’t blame you if you also forgot that Devan Dubnyk played 17 games for the team in 2021. The 36-year-old announced his retirement from playing professional hockey on October 29.
Selected in the first round (14th overall) by the Edmonton Oilers in 2004, Dubnyk’s playing career has been full of ups and downs. Once on the Oilers roster in 2009, he was quickly given starting duties and provided a solid game in net. However, only one wrestling season saw him briefly sent to the Nashville Predators in 2014.
He signed with the Arizona Coyotes as a free agent this offseason, posting a 9-5-2 record and .918 save percentage (SV%) in 19 games with a team that finished seventh in the Pacific. The rebound allowed the Coyotes to reclaim a third-round pick from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for the goaltender.
His career enjoyed a resurgence at St. Paul, where he was sometimes part of a three-keeper ride on the inconsistent Wild. He posted career numbers in the 39 games he played with the Wild to close out the rest of this season, including a 27-9-2 record, 0.936 SV% and a 1 goals-against average. 78. Unfortunately, the good times didn’t last and Dubnyk’s final year with the club featured some of his worst hockey games.
In October 2020, the Sharks acquired the goaltender and a second-round draft pick, returning a seventh-round draft pick to Minnesota, which kept half of Dubnyk’s salary. The 11-year-old NHL veteran at the time was a stopgap solution to the team’s goaltending woes and was eventually traded to the Colorado Avalanche at the trade deadline as they prepared for a playoff run.
When his contract expired at the end of the season, he did not sign with another NHL team. Last season, Dubnyk briefly signed a pro tryout deal with the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers, appearing in four games for the club.
His 12-year career includes winning a Masterton Trophy (2015), three NHL All-Star Game appearances (2016, 2017, 2019), an ECHL All-Star appearance (2007), being a finalist Vézina (2015), winning a Spengler Cup (2012) and winning a gold medal at the 2006 Junior World Championship.
Dubnyk is now an analyst for NHL Network.
News and notes
- San Jose Sharks’ third-period collapse leads to another frustrating loss [The Mercury News]
- Sharks dominate, but lose again in shootout [San Jose Hockey Now]
- Adam Henrique saves Ducks in shootout win over Sharks [Los Angeles Times]
- The biggest concern of every NHL team a month into the 2022-23 season, from ‘everything’ to ‘too good to tank’ [The Athletic]
- NHL Power Rankings: Shuffling all over, plus one guy we like on every team [The Athletic]
blood in the water
- Alex Ovechkin sets NHL record for most goals with a team [ESPN]
- The Ottawa Senators of the NHL are officially for sale [Forbes]
- Senators announce team sale process has begun [NHL.com]
- Wells makes his NHL debut [ECHL]
- Michigan’s No. 1 hockey shut out in Big Ten opener [MLive]
- Everything in retrospect: revisiting the Eichel-Tuch trade, one year later [Die By The Blade]
- Carter Hart single-handedly makes Flyers look competitive [Broad Street Hockey]
Recaps and Scores
New York Islanders 0, Detroit Red Wings 3
Colorado Avalanche 5, Columbus Blue Jackets 1
Chicago Blackhawks 0, Winnipeg Jets 4
Dallas Stars 6, Edmonton Oilers 2
Arizona Coyotes 3, Washington Capitals 2
Boston Bruins 1, Toronto Maple Leafs 2
Buffalo Sabers 3, Tampa Bay Lightning 5
Philadelphia Flyers 2, Ottawa Senators 1
Seattle Kraken 3, Pittsburgh Penguins 2
Vegas Golden Knights 6, Montreal Canadiens 4
Nashville Predators 4, Vancouver Canucks 3 (SW)
New Jersey Devils 4, Calgary Flames 3 (overtime)
Anaheim Ducks 5, San Jose Sharks 4 (SW)
Florida Panthers 4, Los Angeles Kings 5
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Florida Panthers at Anaheim Ducks, 6 p.m. PT / 9 p.m. ET on NHLN, SN, BSSC, BSFL