Devan Dubnyk

You thought I was going to stay positive, didn’t you? I will end on a good note, I promise. Now, let’s turn our attention to the dumpster fire in San Jose with the Sharks.

When the Sharks were on the search for a goaltender to bring in to give Martin Jones a run for his money (or pressure to be better), they elected that Devan Dubnyk was the way to go. General manager Doug Wilson sent a fifth-round pick in 2022 to the Minnesota Wild for Dubynk and a seventh-round pick in 2022. It was not much for a former world-class netminder and if the trade panned out, it could have been a game-changer for the struggling franchise. 

Unfortunately, that belief was strictly that. He had lost the starting job in Minnesota to Stalock after he played to a .890 SV% with a GAA of 3.35. Dubnyk, who seemed to be on the decline, was now asked to elevate his game behind the team that allowed the fifth-highest goals-against per game last season.  The chance of him revitalizing his career with this hockey club was not realistic.

The 12-year veteran has been better this season, but not by much as he sits with a .899 SV%, with a 3.19 GAA. His GSAA is in the negatives at -3.8, an improvement on his -16.2 we saw a year ago. Given the one-year left on his contract, Dubnyk will not be back with the Sharks. If the goal here was to get Jones going, that surely has not been the case as Jones owns a .897 SV% with a 3.30 GAA.

So yes, Jones has been even worse than Dubnyk.

Dubnyk, once acquired by Minnesota back in 2014, truly found his game. He was an All-Star, but more importantly, he had given his team a chance night in and night out to win.

At age 34, with what seems to be back-to-back horrible seasons, you cannot help but wonder if this is the end of the road.