The Biddeford native was part of a four player trade on Friday between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Dumoulin, who recently finished his junior season at Boston College, was traded to the Penguins along with Brent Sutter and a first round pick – No. 8 overall – in Friday’s NHL Entry Draft for Jordan Staal.
“I think this caught us all by surprise,” said Dumoulin’s agent Paul Evans. “Some folks in Carolina didn’t even know about the deal, yet.”
The trade wasn’t finalized until 15 minutes before the start of the draft and wasn’t announced until Carolina was on the clock with the eighth overall selection.
“We began talking about 4:30pm, and I meet with (Penguins GM) Ray Shero in his office,” said Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford. “We didn’t complete the deal until 6:45pm. When you’re acquiring an elite player you have to give a lot for it and we did. We paid Pittsburgh a good price.”
Staal, a day earlier rejected a 10-year, 60 million dollar offer from the Penguins, was getting married on Friday in Thunder Bay, Ontario. He’ll join his brothers, Eric, who captain of the Hurricanes and Jared, who is currently with the organizations AHL affiliation in Charlotte, NC.
Pittsburgh acquired Brent Sutter, the son of former Calgary Flames head coach Brent Sutter, and used the No. 8 pick to select defenseman Derrick Pouliot of the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League.
Dumoulin was selected in the second round the 2009 Entry Draft by the Hurricanes, and was always a player that Rutherford envisioned as a core asset to the team. Shortly after Dumoulin’s junior season at Boston College ended in April, the Canes signed him to a three-year entry-level deal.
“It wasn’t easy putting Dumoulin in (to the trade), but we have a little bit of depth,” said Rutherford. “We’ve always like Dumoulin. We think he’s a real good defenseman that should be able to play as a No. four or five defenseman for the next number of years.”
Shero also liked him, enough so that he wanted him as part of the trade.
“He’s a big defenseman,” he said. “Our scouts have really liked this kid from the beginning. That was another thing to get him in the deal. That was a player at the end that Jimmy (Rutherford) was reluctant to put in the deal, but at the end, as manager to get Jordan Staal, he’s got to include him in the deal.”
“He’s signed and we’re looking forward to having him in our development camp this summer and training camp in Pittsburgh this fall.”
Dumoulin, who could play for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins this season, has won everywhere he’s played and Evans had a few simple words to describe the situation for the 20-year-old.
“As one door closes another one opens up,” Evan said succinctly.