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Wild GM hopes to sign Pominville to an extension

Aug 15, 2013, 11:16 PM EDT

Jason Pominville AP

Jason Pominville hasn’t been a member of the Minnesota Wild for very long, but the team wants to change that.

Michael Russo of The Star Tribune reports Wild GM Chuck Fletcher has reached out to Pominville to discuss a contract extension. Russo says Fletcher has reached out with just an initial discussion with the 30-year-old right wing but the team would like to keep him in the fold beyond this season.

After how much the Wild gave up to get him at the deadline this past season, keeping him for more than a season would seem logical. The catch here is how much money Pominville would be asking for.

The Wild have a handful of long-term contracts eating up cap space beyond this season. Mikko Koivu, Zach Parise, and Ryan Suter all have deals that stretch at least beyond 2017-2018. Suter and Parise, of course, signed matching 13-year contracts last summer.

Fletcher wants to keep Pominville in with that mix but not if it’ll cost a ton of money. With the cap likely going up after the upcoming season, Pominville could put the Wild in a spot where they have to pay up big for him or find a way to ship him out before losing him for nothing next summer.

  1. rebekah319 - Aug 15, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    How I knew this was going to come up sometime before the Summer ended…. Team gave up a lot for him so it would make perfect and logical sense to keep him beyond his last year of his contract however the extend offer ( when it comes has to make sense) but I would be up for keeping him here for a while. When he was healthy he was good and getting hurt did not do him any good which sucked!

  2. lordfletcher - Aug 16, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    Cap going up… Heaters deal coming off the books along with Rupp, Konopka and Parrish’s buy out… That’s near 11 million alone… if the cap goes up 5 million next year, the Wild will have near 15m to play with… they will be fine… Pominville will get a near deal, 5 year 20 million is my guess, and Brodin will get a very nice 7 year extension near 35 million. So those two deals should leave the wild with 6-7 million left over to sign Vanek and fill in the rest of the roster.

    Wild 2014-2015 can’t wait

    • lordfletcher - Aug 16, 2013 at 12:14 AM

      also, Brodziak is going to have to pick up his game or he will be traded and that is almost another $3 million. I really hope he can turn it around because he has been a solid pick up by Fletcher. Here is to hoping that his down year was due to being sick most of the season.

      PS: Mikko’s contract is just disgusting to look at. Would love to see him traded for a top pick but we do not have a #1 center to replace him with. Ugh. Hopefully Thornton doesn’t re-sign in San Jose LOL !!!

    • hockey7515 - Aug 16, 2013 at 12:17 AM

      Why would Pominville take a pay cut?

      • gooterbaby - Aug 16, 2013 at 1:27 AM

        He will be 31 in November meaning he will almost be 32 when the contract starts. My guess is he will be looking more for term than wage so if he wants 5-6 years he will need to take a pay cut at his age. 5 years $23 million is my guess.

    • valoisvipers - Aug 16, 2013 at 9:41 AM

      So you are saying Pominville signs for less money and term than Clarkson. I don’t think so.

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Aug 16, 2013 at 11:13 AM

        That’s not even a contract worth comparing. Clarkson got WAY more than anyone in their right mind would offer him, and it’s not the first bizarre move Nonis has made this year (Bozak over Grabovski?!?). If Pominville points to that as some sort of leverage, he’ll get laughed out of the office.

  3. rebekah319 - Aug 16, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    There is nothing wrong with Mikko’s contract I wish people would get over it!! He does his job ans earn it so back off! I have never understood why it always has to be huge a topic all the time. Appreciate what he does and move on. He is not changing anytime soon…. That is all peace

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Aug 16, 2013 at 11:18 AM

      Heeeeeeeyyyyy spazzy lay-deh! Most Wild fans tend to like the guy but do a quick Capgeek search on salary comparisons and then tell us he’s worth the money.

    • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Aug 16, 2013 at 12:33 PM

      Rebekah, People do that all the time. Probably the most annoying thing the NHL salary cap did was getting people talking about the money and whether the player is worth it rather than how good the player is and what they bring to the table.

      Koivu may be overpaid, but who cares. It’s not like he’s playing like Scott Gomez was in Montreal. Koivu does exactly what is expected of him. It’s dumb how people make him out to be a bad player because he’s not quite as good as other players who make the same money.

      There’s a flip side to that coin, that lostpuppy is ignoring. He’s also better than some players making the comparable money. I’d rather have Koivu over Stastny, Semin, Heatley, Cammelleri, etc… There’s a couple not on the list anymore, Lecavalier and Gomez were both bought out.

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Aug 16, 2013 at 2:45 PM

        Stastny was once maybe worth his current salary but there’s some serious and well-deserved discontent in Colorado regarding his play for the past few seasons, far more than Koivu gets. Heatley’s production drop has been pretty shocking but he was once one of the more elite players in the league, and while his cap hit is $7.5mil, his actual salary is only $5mil (still high but not as high as the hit). Semin…ehhh, debatable; Cammelleri IS overpaid but I haven’t heard anyone argue against that.

        I never once said he was a bad player. I quite like the guy and I hope he stays with the Wild for the rest of his career, assuming he continues to play as well as he has. I will affirm though that, IMHO, his level of play is not on par with the likes of Toews, Datsyuk, Backstrom, Thornton, etc, and thus should not make as much nor more than those players. That is all I’m saying. It is what it is and I accept that, and I’m sure the Wild are happy to have him. Yes, it’s annoying that contracts have a more prominent role in the salary cap era, but it’s reality, and that’s something some fans also need to deal with. There are no more Colorados and Detroits to build powerhouse teams simply because they write out bigger cheques. Yes, you do still need to spend money to build a contender to a certain degree but there’s a limit that everyone has to adhere to, and spending a lot of money is no guarantee of even making the playoffs, let alone winning a Cup nowadays. Just take a look at Philly and Edmonton.

  4. vstar1us - Aug 16, 2013 at 5:16 AM

    Ok, JP is a good player and yes to some he might be great but before everyone gets their undies in a bunch look what we got thus far baring his injury last year. Yes he is a go getter and yes he does demand some respect on the ice but at 31 does he demand a 5 yr possible $20 mil contract! If we could get home for that it would be a deal, but more than that bring up a forward from our own AHL and let them play.

  5. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Aug 16, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Of course the Wild want to re-sign him. Pominville’s one of the most underrated players in the NHL. Buffalo is no where near the same team without his leadership. I’m sure 29 other teams are hoping Pominville hits the UFA market.

  6. pizzaman77 - Aug 16, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    The fact that anyone would suggest Pominville should or would take a pay cut is laughable. He’s in the prime of his career still, he’s going to want at least 1 more big contract before teams will want to sign him for a vet price tag

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