NHL Rumors: 3 Destinations For Top Remaining Free Agent Defenseman

A lot of players have been signed over the first two days of free agency, but there are still more interesting names that haven't been taken off the board. One name in particular that should be of interest is Matt Dumba. He is the best remaining option for teams that are looking to bring in a second pairing defenseman on a short-term deal. There was once a ton of potential and talent there that could still be tapped if he remains healthy. Let's look at three teams that could still bring him in.

Anaheim Ducks

The Anaheim Ducks don't intend on being as bad as last season and made some nice free agent additions that include Alex Killorn and Radko Gudas. Even though they brought in a right-shot defenseman and still have Jamie Drysdale, there's more room to add yet. Gudas played very well in a third pairing role last season and even though the Ducks are paying him $4 million AAV, doesn't mean that he can't still do that again on a team with cap space. If Dumba is brought in, that gives the team a very competitive right side and a defense that will help the strong goaltending.

San Jose Sharks

The San Jose Sharks appear to be getting close to dealing Erik Karlsson which means there will be a big hole on the right side if nobody significant is brought back. Though that is the expectation, Dumba could still fit in on a team that has some money to spare. The defense isn't exactly strong in San Jose, so adding a solid all-around player trying to get back to a place he once played at could be a nice change in scenery for him.

Arizona Coyotes

The Arizona Coyotes look to finally be adding some pieces that will help them win, but their defense still looks fairly weak to many other teams. The team has youngster Victor Soderblom, Josh Brown, and recently signed Troy Stecher manning the right side. They are all under contract for cheap, so Dumba can be brought in to add some veteran leadership to the back-end and add money while giving him a chance to prove himself on a short-term deal.

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