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Pominville set for Wild debut

Apr 4, 2013, 7:19 PM EDT

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Minnesota Wild fans will get a chance to see the team’s latest splashy acquisition in action a day after the trade deadline, as Jason Pominville will make his debut with the squad during Thursday’s game versus the Los Angeles Kings.

Pominville admitted that he had an inkling that he might get traded, but he told the Minnesota Star-Tribune that it’s a stunning situation nonetheless.

“It was a shock, even though I kind of had a little bit of feeling that it might happen,” Pominville said. “It’s still a shock. Obviously, really excited to come to this team, this organization, this city, where they’re doing whatever it takes to win, and they’re heading in the right direction. They’ve had a lot of success so far and hopefully I can just fit in and add to the puzzle.”

While line combinations change frequently in the NHL, the early word is that the Wild will load up with a line of Pominville, Mikko Koivu and Zach Parise.

To little surprise, the 30-year-old winger provided glowing reviews of his potential new linemates.

“They have a lot of talent,” Pominville said. “I think Mikko’s probably one of the most underrated players in the league. Tremendous playmaking ability, good speed, he can play any situation. Zach, we all know what he can bring. On the puck, he can score goals, he can play in any situation, tough guy to play against.”

We’ll start to get an idea about where Pominville fits in tonight.

  1. jacketsfan7 - Apr 4, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    Great , wild fans , you got a lot to cheer about this season

    • handsomepatrick - Apr 4, 2013 at 7:54 PM

      Yeah it’s been awhile but we’ll take it.

  2. billymccloskey - Apr 4, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    it’s always nice getting a new Owner and New GM who are willing to sacrifice to gain talent right now. people are complaining about it being a first rounder, but all in all most kids are 1st rounders and must pay their dues and work their way up to even play in the NHL. and half of the time if not more they are considered “busts” or they do not develop into their full potential as a first rounder. we gave up a lot, but we got a proven first line vet. now if we can attract his ex linemate for his minnesota homecoming that would be even better. #VANEKWATCH

    • credible316 - Apr 4, 2013 at 8:18 PM

      #vanekwatch is correct. EVERYTHING Fletcher does comes in layers. Now it’s up to Buffalo if they want compensation this year or let him come home for nothing in 14′.

      Great time to be a Wild fan!!

      • billymccloskey - Apr 4, 2013 at 8:54 PM

        yee buddy you know what’s up! leggooo wild!

      • lordfletcher - Apr 4, 2013 at 8:57 PM

        Vanek will be 32 and would have to be willing to take a massive pay cut.

        I like the idea of him coming here, just not sold on it yet.

        I’ll take him on a 2-3 year deal (worth 11.5) if he is looking healthy at the time and I would give matching deals to him and Pominville

      • lordfletcher - Apr 4, 2013 at 8:58 PM

        he might be 31 come then… I dunno 31/32 ish.

      • 19to77 - Apr 4, 2013 at 9:26 PM

        Vanek as a Heater replacement sounds golden. Heatley never worked in Minny.

      • lordfletcher - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:52 PM

        I think Heatley has worked out great.

        If you go into the situation with a realistic output. Clearly he wasn’t going to score 50 goals but he has been great for what his current abilities are.

        I’d rather have Heater than Havlat for 2 more years

      • 19to77 - Apr 5, 2013 at 2:02 AM

        And his $7.5m cap hit, too? For a team that’s trying to finally regain its status as a competitor, Minnesota can’t afford huge chunks of underperforming cap space. Dany Heatley is vastly overpaid.

  3. profsudz - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    Love the wild, but they needed to pick up an attitude adjustment, the last two weeks have been brutal

  4. usher716 - Apr 5, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    So Pominville is now at 3 goals in his last 28 games, good luck to him and the Wild. As Sabres fan I can say that I’m glad he’s gone and I think he lost his legs the last couple of years, time will tell.

  5. patrickhelper - Apr 5, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Sabres will live and die by Darcy,

  6. patrickhelper - Apr 5, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Ill put 911 on hold…

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