Wild deals prospects, draft picks for Sabres captain Pominville

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 4, 2013 - 12:28 PM

GM deals prospects Larsson, Hackett and two high draft picks.

 

– Chuck Fletcher declared Wednesday afternoon, “We’re no longer a seller,” and the Wild general manager certainly proved that when he dug into his big bag of assets and spent a pretty penny to acquire the Buffalo Sabres captain.

In a trade that was designed to propel an already confident team into the playoffs, the Wild traded for Jason Pominville, a versatile 30-year-old right winger who should parachute right onto the Wild’s top line.

In exchange for the six-time 20-goal scorer who has twice hit 30, the Wild sent a large parcel to rebuilding Buffalo — prospects Johan Larsson and Matt Hackett, a 2013 first-round draft pick and a 2014 second-round pick. The Wild also received a 2014 fourth-rounder from Buffalo.

“Hey, we recognize that we paid a price,” Fletcher said, pointing out that Pominville isn’t a rental (he has one year left on his deal at a $5.3 million salary cap hit). “But as a franchise we’ve spent a lot of time accumulating assets and trading for draft picks, and I think it’s a positive sign that as a franchise we’re now trading prospects and picks to acquire players.

“Typically that means you’re moving in the right direction. There’s always a balance. You can’t make these moves all the time. But if you never make them, how do you get better?”

When Zach Parise found out the Wild traded for Pominville, he grew an ear-to-ear smile.

“Heck of a player. Heck of a player!” said Parise, who played on a line with Pominville in the 2008 World Championships. “It’s really exciting for us. It just gives you the sense that they believe in the way we’ve been playing and they believe in our team. Now it’s up to us to elevate our game even more.”

Solid all-around game

Pominville has scored 185 goals and 456 points in 578 NHL games. He’s coming off a career-high 73 points last season, has scored 10 goals and 25 points in 37 games this year and has played all 82 games in five of his six full seasons.

He’s a strong penalty killer, has a booming shot and gives the Wild a much-needed right shot that can play the point on the top power-play unit.

“He’s a hard-working, 200-foot player, and like some of our other top players, … not only is he talented, he’s got a hard-working mentality and a high level of character,” Fletcher said.

Added former Gopher Thomas Vanek, Pominville’s star linemate in Buffalo, “The Wild, they’re lucky. Just a smart, good hockey player who can adapt to any situation and make his linemates better. He’s going to really help them.”

The Wild heavily pursued San Jose’s Ryane Clowe on Tuesday, but he wanted to play in the East and chose the Rangers. The Wild then set its sights on Pominville late Tuesday and into Wednesday.

The Sabres were looking to rebuild and asked Pominville for a list of eight teams he didn’t want to go to. “Everything he represents as a player you can multiply by a big number as a person,” Sabres GM Darcy Regier said.

Thursday debut?

Pominville couldn’t be reached for comment Wednesday. The hope is that he’ll make his Wild debut Thursday against the Los Angeles Kings.

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