RDS’s Renaud Lavoie reports the Buffalo Sabres have dealt Jason Pominville and a fourth round pick in 2014 to the Minnesota Wild for prospects Johan Larssen and Matt Hackett, a first round pick in 2013 and a second round pick in 2014.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The rebuild has apparently begun in Buffalo, picking up two promising prospects in forward Johan Larssen and goalie Matt Hackett, while shipping out a player who was going to become a UFA next year and would likely move on. They also pick up an extra pick in the first round of what is expected to be a deep draft. The Wild obviously weren’t among the clubs on Pominville’s no-trade list.
Wild GM Chuck Fletcher claimed he wasn’t planning to make any moves, but landing Pominville is a worthwhile move, bringing leadership, versatility and playoff experience to a Wild club poised to clinch its first playoff berth in five years. It’s a good short-term move for the Wild which could stretch beyond next season. Time will tell how this return benefits the Sabres.