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Wild, Pominville ‘going back and forth’ about contract extension

Sep 3, 2013, 5:45 PM EDT

Minnesota acquired Jason Pominville at last year’s deadline knowing it wasn’t a rental situation, but something more long term.

Now the two sides are discussing how long term it’ll be.

“They’ve talked a few times for sure and are going back and forth about what the plans are,” Pominville told the Minnesota Star-Tribune. “We’ll just go day by day and see if both sides can make progress and go from there.”

Pominville, 30, is in the final year of a five-year, $26.5 million deal that carries an average annual cap hit of $5.3 million (Buffalo did retain some of his cap hit, so the Wild are only on the hook for $4.505 million this year).

Considering the Wild gave up first- and second-round picks, Johan Larsson and Matt Hackett in the trade, it’s not surprising they’d like to keep Pominville around past this year.

It’s also not surprising to hear Pominville wants to stick with a team that gave up so much to get him.

“They committed to getting me, so just that means a lot to me and being part of a group that is committed to having success and being in a city that loves hockey, that makes it even better,” he explained. “I want to stay and be part of what they’re building.”

Will be interesting to learn where the two sides sit on terms and financial compensation.

Minnesota won’t have a ton of pressing free agent issues this offseason (Dany Heatley is probably the biggest one next to Pominville), but will have RFAs Nino Niederreiter and Darcy Kuemper to deal with.

That said, the club will likely have some big decisions in 2015-16 when a trio of its coveted young talents — Mikael Granlund, Charlie Coyle and Jonas Brodin — all become restricted.

  1. haassauce21 - Sep 3, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    Coyle and Brodin are a give in once their contracts are up. Granlund on the other hand, he has a lot of work to do. He hasn’t shown that he can be an elite player like he was with the Finnish team. Seems too scared on the ice.

    • lordfletcher - Sep 3, 2013 at 6:31 PM

      Granlund will be fine… give him time to adjust.

      I don’t think he is the second coming of Jesus Christ by any means but he can become a point scoring 2nd line guy eventually… if not, trading him for (whatever) shouldn’t be difficult.

      Brodin will be getting a massive contract soon.

  2. porkchopexpress1969 - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    Granlund is vastly overrated.

    • lordfletcher - Sep 3, 2013 at 11:40 PM

      care to explain?

      His stats are very similar to most prospects from Finland playing their first year in North America… so please dive into more detail with your post.


      • longcutskolvikes - Sep 4, 2013 at 11:35 AM

        I’m not certain I would say that Granlund is overrated, but I would certainly argue that he was overhyped going into last season. In my opinion, the Wild did him no favors with all the fanfare they attached to his signing. It’s not as if they said “hey, this kid is going to remind you of Antii Laaksonen for the next year or so…”. I mean, he was being billed as the second best prospect in the world. With praise like that comes Teemu Selanne like expectations. I’ve got nothing against him, and indeed hope that he pans out. To me (take this with an enormous grain of salt, it’s not like I’m Scotty Bowman) he looked pretty darn slow last year. He’s going to have to work on his footspeed if he wants to make it in the big show.

  3. credible316 - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Yo Pommer, just make sure you leave a little dough for Vanek!

  4. rebekah319 - Sep 4, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    You have to be patient with Granlund and let him figure it out on his own his upside will come its going to take some time to adjust just like everything else. Everyone is different however I do expect him at the very least to be better this upcoming season in his game just like everyone else on the team. Time will tell with Granlund…

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