Page 2 of 2 Previous

Continued: Wild restructures defense with Brodin out

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Last update: October 24, 2013 - 6:30 AM

Dumba has been inconsistent, understandable for a 19-year-old defenseman. He scored his first goal Oct. 12 against Dallas but also caused a 2-on-0 disadvantage against Tampa Bay and a Florida breakaway in consecutive games last week.

Yeo said part of Dumba’s adjustment from junior hockey is understanding he doesn’t have time to make that extra move at the blue line anymore. He was scratched against Nashville.

“[Tuesday night], I focused on guys like Spurg [Spurgeon] and Suts [Suter], how they move around the ice and their efficiency,” Dumba said. “I need to use that in my game, always being in the right position and moving the puck up ice quickly.”

Dumba has played six games. After he plays in nine, the Wild will decide whether to return him to Red Deer of the Western Hockey League. Yeo thinks that landmark is in Dumba’s head and has caused nerves.

Fletcher repeated Wednesday that in his mind, the 10-game threshold in which the first year of Dumba’s three-year contract is burned isn’t nearly as important as the 41-game threshold in which the first year toward Dumba’s seven-year unrestricted free agency status burns off.

“He’s just got to play and not worry about that stuff,” Fletcher said.

“Our defensive structure has been excellent all year. The way we move the puck … the coaches have done a great job implementing the system, and the players have bought in. We have the depth to overcome Jonas’ injury.”



 

  • related content

  • Video: Wild Minute: Russo shows off his glamour shot

    Friday October 25, 2013

    Today could be the day we learn how long Jonas Brodin will be out

  • Gameday preview: Carolina at Wild

    Wednesday October 23, 2013

    wild gameday7 p.m. VS. CAROLINA • XCEL • FSN, 100.3-FMPreview: On “Harding’s Hope” Night, goalie Josh Harding, whose charity benefits...

  • Wild's Jonas Brodin suffers broken cheekbone

    Wednesday October 23, 2013

    Typically, players can play through such an injury with a cage, but that can't be determined until once the swelling goes down.

  • Jonas Brodin of the Wild.

  • Injuries to Jonas Brodin and Keith Ballard mean rookie Matt Dumba (55) will see more ice time.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Toronto - LP: A. Loup 4 FINAL
Cleveland - WP: J. Outman 6
LA Angels - LP: H. Santiago 1 FINAL
Detroit - WP: R. Porcello 2
Atlanta - LP: G. Schlosser 3 FINAL
NY Mets - WP: J. Valverde 4
Seattle - LP: T. Wilhelmsen 2 FINAL
Miami - WP: M. Dunn 3
St. Louis - LP: S. Maness 2 FINAL
Washington - WP: R. Soriano 3
Milwaukee - WP: Z. Duke 3 FINAL
Pittsburgh - LP: J. Gomez 2
NY Yankees - WP: P. Claiborne 5 FINAL
Tampa Bay - LP: H. Bell 1
Minnesota - WP: P. Hughes 8 FINAL
Kansas City - LP: Y. Ventura 3
Cincinnati - WP: H. Bailey 8 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - LP: C. Villanueva 2
Chicago WSox - WP: E. Johnson 16 FINAL
Texas - LP: R. Ross Jr. 2
Houston 1 Bottom 7th Inning
Oakland 2
Philadelphia 5 Bottom 6th Inning
Colorado 6
San Francisco 4 Top 8th Inning
San Diego 3
Arizona 1 Top 8th Inning
Los Angeles 4
Baltimore - U. Jimenez 6:05 PM
Boston - J. Peavy
Dallas 85 FINAL
San Antonio 90
Charlotte 88 FINAL
Miami 99
Washington 6:00 PM
Chicago
Portland 8:30 PM
Houston
Philadelphia 4 FINAL
NY Rangers 2
Detroit 1 FINAL
Boston 4
Tampa Bay 6:00 PM
Montreal
Los Angeles 9:00 PM
San Jose
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Can the Wild rally to win its playoff series against Colorado?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close