St. Paul, MN, United States (4E Sports) – The Minnesota Wild have signed forward Jason Pominville to a five-year extension reportedly worth $28 million, or an average annual cap value of $5.6 million.
Pominville is in the final year of a five-year, $26.5 million contract he signed with the Buffalo Sabres in 2009.
“If something was going to get done, we had preferred it get done before the season. That way it’s not a distraction for me,” Pominville said.
“Now I can just focus on going out there and playing hockey and not worrying about contract talk during the season. I’m just really excited to be a part of this group for the next six years,” he added.
Re-signing Pominville became a priority of the Wild from almost the moment the team traded a pair of prospects and a pair of draft picks last season to Buffalo at the 2013 NHL Trade Deadline.
Wild coach Mike Yeo was thrilled with the news Thursday, announcing the deal to the team as it came onto the ice for its morning skate in preparation for Minnesota’s season-opening game with the Los Angeles Kings.
In 10 games with Minnesota last season, Pominville scored four goals and added five assists. He will start this season playing on the team’s first line on the right side of Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu.
“This guy is such a valuable player for us, a valuable teammate, he has respect from his teammates. It’s a great job by our organization to get him signed and it’s great of him to show that commitment to our organization,” Yeo said.
Along with the signings of Parise and Ryan Suter two summers ago, the Wild have now locked up a large part of its core well into the future.
Parise and Suter each have 12 years remaining on their deals, Koivu has five years left on his and the organization has a number of young players still playing on entry-level deals for the next couple of seasons.
“The addition of those guys will help bring more guys here,” Pominville said. “When you see the team that’s headed in that direction, why wouldn’t you want to be here?”