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Pominville signs five-year extension with Wild

Oct 3, 2013, 11:44 AM EDT

Jason Pominville AP

The Minnesota Wild have signed forward Jason Pominville to a five-year contract extension that runs through the 2018-19 season.

Worth $28 million overall, the extension has a cap hit of $5.6 million.

From the press release announcing the signing:

Pominville, 30 (11/30/82), ranks tied for 19th in the NHL in assists (with Mikko Koivu) and 26th in scoring since the start of the 2007-08 season. He also ranks tied for ninth in the NHL with 530 games played since the start of the 2006-07 campaign. The 2012 NHL All-Star has recorded 465 points (189-276=465), including 43 power-play goals, 21 game-winning tallies, a plus-41 rating and 147 penalty minutes (PIM) in 588 regular season contests during nine seasons with Buffalo and Minnesota. The 2008 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy Finalist has added 28 points (12-16=28) in 47 career NHL playoff games. He also recorded five points (2-3=5) in seven games for Team USA, skating alongside Wild teammate Zach Parise at the 2008 IIHF World Championship.

Pominville was traded to the Wild from Buffalo in April. He had nine points in 10 regular-season games for Minnesota after the trade.

  1. vstar1us - Oct 3, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Wow, I hope he turns out to be worth it!

    • lordfletcher - Oct 3, 2013 at 5:48 PM

      Signing him is worth every penny and sure lessons the blow of the big offer / trade given to buffalo. I liked every part of that trade except for giving up the first rounder (obvious that buffalo wanted it). And added salt when they drafted the defenseman I badly wanted. Ugh.

      poms got us to the playoffs last year and will only help the deep run process the wild are on. If the bottom 4 of the defense plays above expectations and coyle becomes a legitimate #2 center, the wild will turn heads.

      Next year you have a very solid team with the potential of adding vanek and the youngsters not being so young any more. I also anticipate Dumba to come into his own near 2015. Beastmode!

      lets go Wild!

  2. hockey412 - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Seems like a good signing, he got hardly any increase whatsoever but was making about the right amount anyway, and has been nothing if not consistent over the past 6 years or so.

  3. greatmiamisportsmind - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Well as much as every Wild fan on these boards predicted the Wild signed Pominville for close to what he was making this year.

    This signing pretty much will guarantee Vanek will be in St. Paul next summer signing a new contract with the Wild.

    • pizzaman77 - Oct 3, 2013 at 1:40 PM

      Wild fans need to just stop with the “Vanek to Wild” theories. Yes, he’s from there. Great research.

      • gooterbaby - Oct 3, 2013 at 4:42 PM

        Vanek is from Austria. Great research.

      • pizzaman77 - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:11 AM

        Thank you captain obvious. He went to high school and college there. So from an NHL standpoint that’s where he’s “from”

      • prideonice - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:13 PM

        And his wife is from Minnesota, and he lives in Minnesota in the offseason….

      • gooterbaby - Oct 5, 2013 at 7:42 PM

        I wonder where the only thumbs down came from in my comment…keep delivering pizzas captain not so obvious.

      • greatmiamisportsmind - Oct 6, 2013 at 12:18 AM

        Wild have cap room to sign him, check.
        Vanek played hockey at U of M/Ballard, check.
        Vanek is close friends with Pominville, check.
        Wild trade for players that close ties with UFA’s, check.
        – Remember Parise/Gilbert Suter/Gilbert connections?
        Vanek lives in Minnesota during off season, check.
        Vanek’s wife is from Minnesota, check.
        Vanek works out with majority of wild players, check.

  4. withseidelinn - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Good value.

  5. buddysguys - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    they had to resign him after the package they gave Buffalo to get him.

  6. earpaniac - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    As a Hawk fan, I was hoping they give him closer to $7 million a year. Lol. Nice signing, Wild fans!

  7. credible316 - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Makes the trade completely worth it. Every move Fletcher makes comes in layers and this move still has a layer left. Does it unfold at the trade deadline or this summer? Only time will tell. Fletcher isn’t perfect but he has been the best thing to ever happen to this franchise. In Chuck we trust! GO WILD!!

  8. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Minnesota better hope the cap goes up significantly.

    • credible316 - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:52 PM

      Why? The Wild will have at least 10 million off the books next year plus the cap going up.

      • lbeezyse - Oct 3, 2013 at 1:12 PM

        I think it is closer to $12 Million coming off the books + maybe 2-5 million in cap increase. That puts the Wild in an ideal place to go after a high end FA like Vanek. It seems we have the inside track now with Pommer being here long term, Vanek playing with the Goofers, & him living here. That’s to be seen though.

        I do like the possibility of:
        Parise – Koivu – Nino/Granny
        Pommer – Coyle – Vanek
        Zucker – Haula – Nino/Granny
        Cooke – Brodz – Mitchell

        We still will need some help on the blue line, unless Dumba & Scandella really develop.

        It’s a good time to be a Wild fan.

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Oct 3, 2013 at 1:15 PM

        They better hope so.

        They’ll lose Heatley and even if they could resign him they would still need someone to help Parise. He’s an all star that needs another all star to help take the pressure off him otherwise he’s useless. Like the -7 he was in the playoffs.

        They’ll also need the money to spend on another worthwhile defenseman so Suter doesn’t have to play 58 minutes a game.

        They’ll also need a worthwhile goaltender cause Backstrom isn’t the answer and neither is Harding.

        Hope that 10 million goes far.

        They might have more money for much needed depth if the Wild you didn’t overpay for a negative 12.

      • lbeezyse - Oct 3, 2013 at 1:23 PM

        I see it unfolding this way:

        Backstrom splits time with Keumper until Gustafson is ready & Backs retires.

        Heater could maybe be signed back for 2-3 million, but I don’t see why we would resign him & impede the progress of our youngsters. Heaters top 6 minutes are replaceable.

        I do agree that they will need to get another minute munching D-man to pair with Dumba.

        Suter – Brodin / New guy – Dumba / Scandella – Spurgeon.

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Oct 3, 2013 at 1:23 PM

        LOL and if you think Vanek is gonna sign for less than Parise you better patent that crack you’re smoking. Under that scenario, there goes atleast half of that freed up money and new cap space and you’re still without defensive depth and a decent goalie.

        Better hope those NHL revenues go up.

      • lbeezyse - Oct 3, 2013 at 1:27 PM

        I think Vanek signs in the 6.5 – 8.0 per range for 5-6 years. The Wild have depth in net, which was the reason they could afford to trade away Hackett for Pomms. Keumper & Gusty are the future for the Wild & will be here in the next 1-3 years.

        The only thing that makes me nervous is giving too much $ to Vanek & not being able to resign Brodin, Coyle, Nino, Granny, & Zucker when their contracts come due.

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Oct 3, 2013 at 1:35 PM

        Vanek is a cap hit of 7.1 million now. He’s going to be the top sought after UFA at the end of the season, if he makes it there. There’s no way he’s anything less than he’s making now.

      • lbeezyse - Oct 3, 2013 at 1:37 PM

        Thus the range of up to 8.0 million per. You never know until these things are in ink. Parise & Suter took less to come here, so you never know if Vanek will take a pay cut to come “home”. If he is going to be 8+ I’d rather pass & get a top 4 D-Man.

  9. blomfeld - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:51 PM


    What’s with this paltry 28 mil crap ? … I mean seriously, if these clowns are giving Parise and Suter 198 million, then the least they could do is to give this guy a ‘hundski’ eh ?

    GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!

    GO ELBOWS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:54 PM

      Wow, you’re proud of Douchetin Brown’s actions, eh? Stay classy, Blommy.

    • credible316 - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:57 PM

      Blomfeld – Babbling moron since birth and Kings fan since 2012.

    • withseidelinn - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:58 PM

      Lol “a hundski”

    • comeonnowguys - Oct 3, 2013 at 1:13 PM

      That’s weird, I thought “Kings” and “elbows” already were synonymous.

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Oct 3, 2013 at 3:38 PM

        If it was, Brown merely bolded, underlined, and highlighted it.

  10. travishenryskid - Oct 3, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    Kessler at $8 mil/year or Pominville for $5.6 mil/year? Minnesota gets a huge bargain. Just look at what Toronto paid Clarkson… Good luck with that Leafs.

    • travishenryskid - Oct 3, 2013 at 1:11 PM


  11. allday420ap - Oct 3, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    heck of a player, heck of a good deal

  12. purpleguy - Oct 3, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    Fair deal for both sides. And this is likely a lead-in to sign Vanek unless some team blows him away with an offer (not likely in this salary-capped restricted market). Vanek played at the U, lives in Mpls in the off-season, trains with half the local Wild players, and is best buds with Pominville. If he’s available and the money is close, there’s little question he plays in MN.

  13. surfoside4life - Oct 3, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    ***UPDATE*** Pominville gets knocked out by Brownie… AGAIN!!! hahahahahahahahahahahaha

  14. joeyashwi - Oct 3, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    Great signing! Nice to see that it wasn’t a rent a player type trade. On a side note, when Heatley went down last year is when the Wild faltered. Grossly underrated and a definite must sign. I know his numbers aren’t that great but for some reason the team is much better with him. Cullen will be missed though.

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