Jason Pominville was acquired mid season by the Minnesota Wild in a trade with the Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres sent Pominville and a fourth round pick in the 2014 draft to Minnesota in exchange for Johan Larsson, Matt Hacket, a first round pick in the 2013 draft that turned into Nikita Zadarov, and a second round pick in the 2014 draft.
Pominville proved to be a great pick up for the Wild, notching 9 points in 10 games with the Wild after the trade. Pominville helped the Wild get into the playoffs, despite their early exit after being out-manned by the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round.
Now, in the final year of his contract, Pominville has cashed in getting a 5 year extension worth $28 million. Pominville’s contract is good for a cap hit worth $5.6 million a season. The Minnesota Wild will have a bit of cap relief next season when Dany Heatley‘s $7.5 million cap hit will come off the books. Remember that next time you get mad at your team for using cap space on a player that can’t live up to his dollar amount.
The Minnesota Wild are also a hot spot for the landing of Thomas Vanek from the Buffalo Sabres. Vanek is a free agent after this season, and Buffalo is looking to move him by the trade deadline if they can find a partner willing to give up what they think they deserve in return for him. Pominville and Vanek remain close after the deal sent Pominville to Minnesota. Vanek would be a great addition for the Wild and add a good amount of high scoring offensive power.
With Pomiville locked up, Minnesota looks to be headed in the right direction. They have a lot of money wrapped in a few players for a long time. The Wild have their base for building upon, now they just need to bring in players that can fill in the roles that need filling.
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