Ramblings: Does Tampa Need Stamkos? Laine, Boeser, & Dumba (Sept. 9)

Cam Robinson


Remember the good old days when there were 12 hours of playoff hockey on all day and I could simply watch until my heart's content and then write 1500 words on it? Great times. Alas, as the teams fall by the wayside and depart the bubbles, we slowly but surely lose our quantity of hockey. The quality should be going up at least.

We're down to a game per day and that means I'm left to search far and wide for interesting topics to discuss. So, let's talk about good young players who could move this offseason.

Matt Dumba

Dumba had a big weekend. He was named the most recent King Clancy Memorial Award winner for his anti-racism and community work. His courageous effort with the Hockey Diversity Alliance has been inspiring to so many.

This past weekend, it was also revealed by The Athletic’s Michael Russo that his name is out there on the block. "I am hearing from a lot of sources that they are shopping Dumba", Russo said in an episode of, The Russo Hockey Show. You can find the discussion about Dumba around the 39:00 mark of the hour-long show.

The 26-year-old has three more seasons at 6M per. 

The right-shot defender just struggled through his most difficult offensive season since 2015-16. He paced for just 29 points after pacing for 50 and 56 the two prior seasons. Despite that, he should be an appetizing target for teams looking to add offensive punch from the backend.

From a fantasy lens, whoever trades for him would most likely consider him an option on PP1 – a place where he had to share duties with Ryan Suter. That could be a boost to his overall value. The same goes for the quality of teams who would likely target him – they should have some nice pieces to work with.