Wild defenseman Matt Dumba, after getting a second opinion on what the team has described only as an upper-body injury, is expected to undergo surgery next week and will be sidelined “a significant time,” GM Mike Fenton said Friday.
Dumba, 24, suffered the injury in last weekend’s loss to the Flames and hasn’t played since.
“We have a general timeline … but let’s see how surgery goes,” Fenton said.
Losing Dumba is a blow to the Wild, and not just their defense.
He already has 12 goals this season, a league-best among defensemen and only two shy of tying his career high. He has 22 points in 32 games and appeared well on his way to his first All-Star Game appearance.
Minnesota has won just three of its past 10 games and sits in fifth place in the Central Division with 36 points, 12 back of the first-place Jets, and 11th in the Western Conference.