The Wild are all-in this season. Forget about stockpiling prospects and certainly forget about window-shopping at the deadline. The Wild on Wednesday, April 3, made one of the biggest deals on the day of the NHL trade deadline, acquiring Buffalo Sabres captain Jason Pominville in a deal that sent two of Minnesota's top prospects and two high draft picks to Buffalo. In return for the 30-year-old winger, who was an all-star last season, and a fourth-round pick in 2014, Minnesota parted with goalie Matt Hackett, 23, forward Johan Larsson, 20, and its first-round draft pick in 2013 and second-round selection in 2014. "We paid a significant price," general manager Chuck Fletcher said. "We certainly paid full value, and that's to be expected when you're acquiring a top player and dealing with a very smart general manager on the other side." Pominville will join the Wild's top line, playing alongside Mikko Koivu and Zach Parise. He will also probably see time on the power play, where he has run the point in the past, and the penalty kill. "We'll definitely explore that possibility," coach Mike Yeo said. "He seemed very excited. Obviously, there is a lot of emotion involved so there are other factors involved, but he seems extremely excited to be joining this group and to be part of what we think can be a great year. And he's heard great things about the city and the fans."
Wild pick up Jason Pominville in trade with Buffalo
Published On: Apr 04 2013 06:58:38 AM EDT Updated On: Apr 04 2013 06:58:39 AM EDT
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