Opposites attract, as they say, and Matt Dumba doesn’t have a closer friend on the Wild than Jonas Brodin.

They’ve been bosom buddies for nearly a decade, so it wasn’t a shock last summer when Brodin was at his side right up to the point Dumba walked onto that Rogers Place ice before the opening of the 2020 playoffs and became the first NHL player to kneel during the U.S. national anthem.

And, when Dumba raised his fist on the bench during the U.S. and Canadian anthems in an effort to also bring attention to social injustice and police brutality before the Wild’s first playoff game, there Brodin was with an outreached glove on his defense partner’s shoulder once again showing support.

So, this should also come as no shock to Wild fans: Even though Dumba can connect the dots to see how a Brodin contract extension could inevitably affect his own future, there was nobody happier four months ago when Brodin inked a seven-year, $42…





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