The Minnesota Wild traded goalie Devan Dubnyk and forward Ryan Donato to the San Jose Sharks in two separate deals on Monday, continuing their makeover under general manager Bill Guerin.
For Donato, the Wild received a third-round pick in the 2021 draft. The Sharks sent their fifth-round pick in the 2022 draft for Dubnyk and also received Minnesota's 2022 seventh-rounder in return.
The 34-year-old Dubnyk was surpassed by Alex Stalock on the depth chart this season, after taking more than a month off from mid-November to mid-December for support for his wife as she dealt with a medical condition.
Dubnyk finished with a 3.35 goals against average that was the third-worst of his career, and his .890 save percentage was his lowest in 10 years. He'll enter the final season of his contract with a $4.33 million salary cap hit.
Sharks general manager Doug Wilson has been seeking a veteran to challenge incumbent Martin Jones for the top spot in the net. Jones is still under contract for four more years at a cost of $5.75 million per season but hasn’t played to that level in recent years, posting an .896 save percentage in each of the past two seasons.
Jones was benched for a period last January to refine on his game, starting only three times in a period of six weeks. He had a 2.02 goals against average and .927 save percentage in eight appearances after he returned to action in February.
Donato will enter the final season of a two-year, $3.8 million contract, giving the Sharks — who finished last in the Western Conference this season — some additional depth on the wing to complement Tomas Hertl, Logan Couture, Evander Kane and Timo Meier. Donato had 15 points in his first 15 games with the Wild after being acquired in a trade with Boston on Feb. 20, 2019, for forward Charlie Coyle, who was San Jose's first-round draft pick in 2010.
Donato's only full season with Minnesota was less productive, with 14 goals — all even-strength — and nine assists in 62 games. The 24-year-old was a healthy scratch in the last two games of the postseason qualifying round series against Vancouver.