Monday, August 5, 2013

2014 NHL Free Agents - Jason Pominville

UPDATE:  Jason Pominville signed a five year extension with the Minnesota Wild on Thursday, October 3.  This was what was expected to happen as the team made it clear that they wanted him back, and based on his continued high level of play, at a price tag very near to his previous five year deal, which was inked with the Buffalo Sabres.

Jason Pominville, who was traded by the Buffalo Sabres to the Minnesota Wild in April of 2013, is set to become an unrestricted free agent in July of 2014.  The 2001 second round draft pick of the Sabres played well in his ten regular season games for the Wild in the 2012-13 season, notching nine points (4 goals, 5 assists).

Pominville, who will turn 31 years old during the 2013-14 season, will be finishing up a 5 year contract valued at $26.5 million, at an annual cap hit to the Wild of $5.3 million.

Minnesota has made it clear that they want to sign Pominville long-term.  His point producing talent is well regarded, and proven by his 465 regular season credits in 588 games.  According to twincities.com, Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher is quoted, regarding the possible re-signing of Pominville:
"Our goal is certainly to re-sign Jason," general manager Chuck Fletcher said. "We acquired him to be a part of our organization for the longer term. It's very hard to find highly skilled offensive players, and we're thrilled we were able to land him, and he's going to be a big part of our team next year and hopefully beyond."
And Pominville seems to feel likewise, showing his appreciation of the Minnesota Wild organization.

Outlook
If he continues to produce at the same clip he has been over his career (0.79 points per game), the Minnesota Wild will most likely re-sign Pominville to a long-term deal near his current contract's annual average value.

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