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Trade: Pominville goes to Wild

Apr 3, 2013, 2:45 PM EDT

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Yet another captain has been traded in the NHL. The latest one (after Jarome Iginla and Brenden Morrow) is Jason Pominville, who goes from Buffalo to Minnesota.

Pominville has 10 goals and 15 assists in 37 games. The 30-year-old is signed through next season with a cap hit of $5.3 million.

In return for Pominville, the Sabres get 20-year-old winger Johan Larsson and 23-year-old goalie Matt Hackett.


According to TSN’s Gord Miller, the trade also includes a pair of valuable draft picks. In addition to Larsson and Hackett, Buffalo will receive Minnesota’s first-rounder in 2013 and a second-rounder in 2014 — according to the Minnesota Star-Tribune’s Mike Russo, it’s the first time in Wild franchise history that they’ve traded their first-round pick.

(The Wild will receive the Sabres’ fourth-rounder in 2014, along with Pominville.)

The addition of Hacket also begs the question, how much longer will Ryan Miller be in Buffalo?

For the Wild, a player like Pominville can only help a team that’s on its way to the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

  1. pariseinminnesotabichez - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    Yeah buddy, yeah buddy

    • thomasvanek - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:53 PM

      Any hope for us in Hackett and Larsson?

      • kopy - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:53 PM

        Short answer: yes.

      • doubles22 - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:55 PM

        Yes. Hackett was called “best goalie in the world not in the NHL” last year by Craig Custance.

        Larsson is solid two-way center. Been a leader on several Swedish national teams as well.

        What can we expect out of Pominville?

      • dirte42 - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:01 PM

        a good center that can play any situation. just dont expect him to be the one to fire up the team. expect 20-30 goals a year

      • bigblackzaranek - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:20 PM

        Doubles, The running joke around the office the past few days has been “the front of the net” was on the 8 places he refused to go to… but other than that, he’ll always go down as one of my favorite players.

      • doubles22 - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:00 PM

        bbz- thanks for the laugh, that’s hilarious.

        Hackett & Larsson is a nice haul. 23 & 20 yrs old. Bright futures for both. May be a win/win for both teams.

      • rsmaggiemae - Apr 3, 2013 at 8:12 PM

        Yes, there is hope for Buffalo
        As a Wild fan and from Minnesota, I am just sick about this trade. I wished they would have traded Granland instead of Larsson, he is a very good player and I hate to see him go,..,.,..Granland is just too small for the NHL. We were told for months that the Wild not give up thier high draft picks for other players… and now look what happened…
        Pominville, is UFA after next year, so now the Wild will have to get rid of Heatly as his contract is up next year at around 7 mil a year. I would have thought Bouchard,Brodziak, Faulk, would go for sure in trade, but then with the concussion issue with Bouchard, I am sure he was not able to get a trade for him.
        There is no doubt in my mind that our new addition from today will probably not be here for a extended amount of time…. I still cant believe Fletcher did this…
        Many of the fans are upset to let Larsson and Hackett go plus the draft pic ks…

        Just unbelievable….. I wanted the Wild to trade for Bjustad who just signed out of college with the Panthers, but was told the Wild would never be able to give up thier high draft picks for him….
        Is this just a band-aid fix for a short period of time????

  2. valoisvipers - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    10 Minutes to go to the dead line and things are starting to happen fast.

  3. lafavs - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Think I heard Sabres are getting goalie Hackett and Johan Larsson, one of the Wild’s top dman prospects.

    • edwelsh8 - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:59 PM

      Larsson is not a defenseman. He is a C/LW and a very good prospect.

    • treydogg97 - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:00 PM

      Not a “top” prospect but definitely disappointed to see him go… But better him than Coyle, Zucker or Granlund

      • kopy - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:03 PM

        Considering Coyle, Brodin, Granlund, Zucker, and Dumba were Wild’s untouchables, Buffalo seems to have gotten the best deal possible.

      • rsmaggiemae - Apr 3, 2013 at 8:16 PM

        How can you say that about Larsson???
        I wish they would have traded Granland instead as he is just too small for the NHL
        We were told here for months that none of our high draft picks would be let go for band aid players for a short fix… Pominville is a UFA after this year, so will he stay or leave???
        I am just sick about this trade.. and so are many fans on the wild chat line.

      • bethgoesglobal - Apr 3, 2013 at 10:24 PM

        Maybe the reason Granlund wasn’t traded is because the Sabres Didn’t Want Him. As many of you are saying, he’s too small for the NHL- so why would they want him over Larsson? The Sabres management isn’t stupid!

  4. kopy - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Good pickup. Larsson and Hackett will be missed, so let’s hope something else is coming Minnesota’s way…

  5. valoisvipers - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Sorry no where to really post this so here goes.Ken Holland has been too quite. How about this.
    I would like to see the Wings make a play to get Glencross from the Flames, Clutterbuck from the Wild and Yandle from the Yotes.
    Yes it would be costly in terms of roster players,picks and prospects but I believe that these players would help the Wings immediately and in the long term as well.

    • bethgoesglobal - Apr 3, 2013 at 10:28 PM

      I think a lot of people are wondering why the Wings stayed quiet during the deadline. They a lot to think about though and there are plenty of guys who will be UFA’s this summer. The Wings are in a tricky place right now- I can understand why they made more time to figure out which way they want to go with the team.

  6. pitpenguinsrulez - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    I feel bad for Buffalo in all honesty…that team played their butt off last night in PIttsburgh. I think all of those guys should hold their heads up high knowing they stopped the Pens streak. GO PENS

    • bethgoesglobal - Apr 3, 2013 at 10:32 PM

      Pens looks Horrible last night!! And again tonight! Surely losing Crosby, who has been injury ridden the past 2 seasons, should not be the reason for their play the last couple nights.
      Good luck on buying yourselves the Cup this year though.

      • valoisvipers - Apr 4, 2013 at 3:14 PM

        Now now Beth every team has the same cap limit to go by so to say they are buying a cup is not accurate.

      • bethgoesglobal - Apr 9, 2013 at 5:39 AM

        Yes, I realize this is like a week later, but wanted to respond, so cut me a little slack :)

        True, but they just spent $5mil picking up Morrow, Iginla, Murray, and Jokinen during the trade deadline. Now, I have no idea what all the other teams are paying for their newly acquired tokens but I’m guessing Pitts got ’em all beat.

        OK so I checked a handful, closest is NYR w/$2.5 but most others who were active spent about $1-1.5. So what, that’s almost 3x more than anyone else, and did they unload any $? Don’t think so…

        I’d call that throwing some serious cash at it; especially given the 3 big add’s are purely rentals.

        Just saying….

  7. puckmepuckyou - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    They did play hard. Their best game of the season.

  8. nvandy42 - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    I was really looking forward to watching Larsson play in a Wild sweater. Kind of bummed about this one….

  9. modellforprez - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    really like this deal for wild cant say they dont wanna win. Suter parise now Pompom could be a wild run to the cup.

  10. ethanmacleod1685 - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    As a sharks fan looking back at the SJ/MIN deals two summers ago, it appears we may have lost them trades based on where the teams are now. Well done Minnesota, you fked us!

  11. lordfletcher - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Love the deal as long as we didn’t send our 1st pick this year. 2nd round is fine and multiple picks but hopefully not the 1st round.

    great trade for both teams and I’m stoked Fletcher didn’t sit on a team that can compete like Doug R.

    • lordfletcher - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:43 PM

      it was our 1st. ugh. this is now an equal deal. Was hoping the Wild would get the better end of it but can’t say they did now, about as fair of a deal as you can get.

      Not worried at all about losing Hackett,… Larsson sucks but was expected…. the 2013st is a gut shot unless the Wild go deep. This is a sexy draft and there will be all sorts of quality to be found in the 1st round.

      hopefully they can package Clutterbuck and their 2nd for a teams 1st this summer

      • lordfletcher - Apr 3, 2013 at 10:33 PM

        ” Larsson sucks but was expected”

        I meant to say sucks to lose… but was expected… too many prospects for one team to be able to use properly…

        In no way am I saying larsson sucks LOL sorry… he is a wild card. either going to be a stud #2 center or a solid #3

        again, Hackett no room as our #3 goalie prospect.

        Good trade for both teams

      • valoisvipers - Apr 4, 2013 at 3:17 PM

        Please give Ken Holland a call if you want to trade Clutterbuck.

  12. thedavesiknowiknow - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    Salute! Nice player, who unfortunately just got more than he might have deserved, and pinning a letter on him just wasn’t necessary here. All the best to him.

  13. jwillie123 - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Any more word on compensation? I heard some rumors of the Wild adding more draft picks too. That would seem a little steep for a player like him.

  14. mobil4life - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Pominville is a soft player who quits on plays. Glad his salary is dumped. Enjoy his play. Glad he is out of Buffalo.

    • treydogg97 - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:58 PM

      If he quits his way to 60+ pts every year I hope he quits a LOT

    • ignath - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:00 PM

      mmmm…….tears like sweet, sweet nectar!

      Sounds a bit like the sour grapes that Nashville and New Jersey fans were chewing on July 4th 2012!

  15. credible316 - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    As a Wild fan, I’m only happy with the trade if he signs an extension. Seems like an awful lot to give up since Backstrom is a FA at the end of this year, Larson had tons of upside and not too mention if we gave up picks as well.

    With that said, it’s hard not to trust Fletcher who has been a magician in trades (minus the Leddy trade) and free agency!

    In Fletcher we trust,
    Go WILD!!!

    • kopy - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:49 PM

      I’m sure he’d be open to an extension, but he is also currently signed through next year. This probably means Bouchard is out the door. There should be money for Backstrom, but Hackett was expendable because Gustafsson is the goalie of the future.

      • lordfletcher - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:13 PM

        Kopy is 100% on the money.

        Personally I thought / think Hackett was the wilds 3rd best goalie prospect. Gus is my pick for our future goalie

        Great trade pending draft picks

      • ThatGuy - Apr 3, 2013 at 5:25 PM

        I’m personally on the Kuemper train. SEL is a highly defensive league, won’t trust the stats until he gets over here.

      • bethgoesglobal - Apr 3, 2013 at 10:40 PM

        The Wild also picked up Jeff Deslauriers from the Ducks for “future considerations”. I remember watching him sometime last year and I think he did pretty well- something to look up I guess. So I think he’s another good goalie to have in the ranks for the team.

      • credible316 - Apr 4, 2013 at 12:29 AM

        Russo has been hinting that this trade could set up the signing of Vanek, that evil little genius.

  16. iownyou2 - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    Hope that Larsson can end up something close to Pommer in the future, im in favor of getting picks instead of players 80% of the time. Hopefully this one pans out for Buf. Can see Miller gone this offseason now, but I dont think Hackett is the answer to him. Has been pretty average in his pro career so far.

    • iownyou2 - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:50 PM

      update, love this deal now with the 1st and 2nd round picks. thats 4 picks in 2014 2nd round. can be used for trade bait next year or just stockpile players. great move by sabres, pommer will be missed though, one of my favorite sabres

  17. kgun80 - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    Pominville is a very good 2 way player. He was a victim of his contract. The guy was always a team player never quit. For the Wild fans who are asking your getting a guy who will not make waves in the locker room. Good shot ..not a guy that’s gonna wow you but definitely a good player and good individual. He does make a bad play here and there but is usually in a good position. He’s basically a 25-30 goal guy who can kill penalties and play the point on the PP.

  18. bucrightoff - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    Wow what a ridiculous overpayment by Minnesota

  19. mnwildfan15 - Apr 3, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    Losing the players sucks Larson would have been a good replacement for Koivu. Pom’s salary seems way too high to be taking on say goodbye to clutter, PMB, and Cullen. We definitely overpaid for a 2 year rental

    • ThatGuy - Apr 3, 2013 at 5:26 PM

      Ha. Replacement for Koivu? And just where the heck is he going? You don’t plan on replacing a player five years out. He signed through 2018

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Apr 3, 2013 at 10:18 PM

      Koivu is signed though the 2017-18 season.

      Clutterbuck is a RFA after the season, some team will sign him if the Wild don’t. That is probably why the Wild can afford to throw in the 2nd round pick in 2014. He is making 1.4 million this year. Some team will sign him in a contract that is at least 1.5 million a season. That is how the Wild can and probably recoup that 2nd round pick (and chances are, it will be higher than the Wild’s). I don’t see anybody giving him more than 3.13 which would land the Wild a first round pick. But 1.5 seems reasonable enough to get a 2nd round pick.

      PMB is grossly overpaid and a UFA after the season. His 4.08 million is a lot compared to Pominville’s 5.3 I’d rather lose PMB and have Pominville for less than 1.3 million more.

      Cullen is also a UFA after the season and his 3.5 million comes off the books as well.

      Let’s not forget the cap does go down 5.9 million next season.
      Bouchard 4.08, Cullen 3.5, *Clutterbuck 1.4, Clark 900k, Falk 825k, Spurgeon 526k, Backstrom 6.0, Cam Barker’s 541.6k buyout all come off the books. (since you’ll ask one more year of Mark Parrish’s 927,778 buyout left). That’s 17.772 plus the 295,165 cap room left this year is 18.067. Take off the 5.9 million cap roll back and the Wild currently have 12.1 left in cap room for next season.

      Bouchard and Clark I assume won’t be back here. That’s nearly 5 million off the cap. They will most likely be replaced with Jason Zucker 833,333 and Matt Dumba 1.6 million. That saves them 2.5 million. Also, Mikael Granlund will probably be back at 2.1 million. That’s an extra roster spot and 400,000 you save with arguably better talent. Zucker and Bouchard are basically the same player. Dumba will probably be an upgrade over Brett Clark. Wild would still be 7.5 million under the cap.

      You would have to think Backstrom will be back on a 2 year deal or so but not at the 6.0 million he’s making right now. I’d guess 4.0ish range. I’d also assume the Wild are going to re-up with Jared Spurgeon with a bump up from the 526k he’s making now and keep Justin Falk if they can get him at a reasonable price. Even if the Wild keep them both a million a piece the Wild are still 2 million under the cap.

      Let’s also not forget the Wild do have 2 amnesty buyout they can use as well. Is Brodziak worth 2.83 million a year through 2014-15? Depending on how Harding is doing (I feel bad for the kid, but it’s a business) 1.9 million could be off the books who’s signed through 2014-15 as well. Or the Wild could him him on LTR and keep up Keumper who is a million less.

      Parise 7.538 m
      Heatley 7.5 m
      Koivu 6.75 m
      Pominville 5.3 m
      Setoguchi 3.0 m
      Brodziak 2.83 m
      Granlund 2.1 m
      Mitchell 1.9 m
      Rupp 1.5 m
      Coyle 975k
      Bulmer 870k
      Zucker 833k
      Konopka 925k

      Suter 7.538 m
      Gilbert 4.0 m
      Dumba 1.633 m
      Brodin 1.44 m
      Stoner 1.05 m
      *Falk 1.0 m
      *Spurgeon 1.0 m

      *Nick Backstrom 4.0 m
      *Josh Harding 1.9 m

      Mark Parrish 927,778

      Besides, let’s see if Fletcher trades anybody during the draft. He’s been known to do draft day trades. Maybe they don’t resign Falk at 1.0 million and sign a 2.5 million defenseman. With each team having 2 amnesty buyouts this summer, there will be a lot of free agents that can be had. Broadziak at 2.83 until 2014-15 season is the one that sticks out at me.

      The point is, the Wild were able to trade Larsson, Hackett, and 2 picks and still be set up good for the future.

  20. mnfan2013 - Apr 3, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Can’t wait for Pommiville to join the Wild ! Will help out while Cullen heals up ! Now if heatley can get his game on , we will win the division !!!! Playoffs here we come

  21. purpleguy - Apr 3, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    While these weren’t the Wild’s top 5 prospects, they were up there, and combined with a 1st and 2nd round pick, I’d say we overpaid for a 30 year old F with only one year left on his contract that supposedly plays soft. If he plays soft, he’ll last about one shift before Mikko goes nuts on him like he did with Heatley for his soft defensive play.

  22. juggy179 - Apr 3, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    Horrible trade we don’t need no more wingers

  23. buffalomafia - Apr 3, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    Ok Pegula now fire the GM?!

  24. billsfanaddict - Apr 3, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    holy guacamole!
    thats like essentially sending pommy off for your new ’14-15 2nd line and next years backup goalie who ((at least arguably)) has a potentially big upside.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Apr 3, 2013 at 10:28 PM

      The Wild like Darcy Kuemper better than Matt Hackett. Kuemper was the one who was called up when Josh Harding had his set back. The only reason Hackett was called up about a month ago was because they wanted to give Kuemper playing time in Houston as opposed to sitting on the bench when Backstrom was playing.

  25. buffalomafia - Apr 4, 2013 at 3:28 AM

    Greatminnesotasportsmibd- my daughter needs a 5 page paper written. Can u write it? Wtf! Lol!

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