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Report: Wild interested in Pominville, talking with Sabres

Apr 3, 2013, 1:33 PM EDT

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Could the Minnesota Wild be making a big deadline push?

That appears to be the case, according to Mike Russo of the Minnesota Star-Tribune, who reports the Wild have contacted Buffalo about captain Jason Pominville.

From the Star-Tribune:

The Wild is making calls and I do hear it is one of many teams that has been talking to Buffalo the past few days about captain Jason Pominville.

I know the Wild has scouted Buffalo recently, too.

Russo also notes that of the eight teams Pominville said he would not accept a trade to, Minnesota is not one of them.

So, technically, the Wild are in play.

What remains to be seen, however, is if the Wild are willing to 1) part with assets and 2) take on Pominville’s deal. The 30-year-old forward has this and next season left on his five-year, $26.5 million contract, and carries an annual cap hit of $5.3 million.

According to Capgeek, the Wild have 16 players under contract for $51 million next season — with the cap ceiling dropping to $64.3 million — but still have some big decisions to make regarding pending UFAs like Niklas Backstrom, Matt Cullen and Pierre-Marc Bouchard.

  1. thomasvanek - Apr 3, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    I hope it’s not for picks or prospects we still have a shot at the playoffs

  2. gamechanger87 - Apr 3, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    I guarantee that Shero is eyeing him up and will prob be on The Franchises bench 2night.

  3. sknut - Apr 3, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Well I don’t see the WIld retaining PMB and his 4.8 cap hit so that is similar to Pominville’s cap hit but hard to see what they would be giving up to get him. Nice to see Flectcher going out there trying to improve the squad though.

  4. kopy - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Russo just tweeted they’re “going hard” after him and appear close to trading one of their young goalies.

    • kopy - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:22 PM

      And Kuemper is on is way to the airport with his equipment. Possibly to join the team because Hackett is the trade piece.

      • kopy - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:32 PM

        Larsson and Hackett pulled from ice… It’s going to be big and I can’t handle it.

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