The Minnesota Wild today announced the re-signing of forward Jason Pominville to a five-year, $28 million contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The contract is effective 2014-15 and is worth an annual cap hit of $5.6 million, a slight raise over the $5.3 million per season of his current deal.
Pominville was acquired by the Wild at last season’s trade deadline and despite his brief tenure in Minnesota, the two sides had been talking contract extension for some time. It’s indicative of the Wild’s new willingness to invest in high-salaried talent.
He had an early positive impact, with nine points in ten regular season games, but was sidelined by injury and played in only two playoff games last season. A healthier season should see Pominville reach his usual 25-30 goals and 65-70 points.
This new contract, however, bites deeply into the Wild’s remaining cap space, leaving them roughly $15 million for next season to invest in seven roster spots, which could prevent them from signing Pominville’s old Sabres teammate Thomas Vanek if he hits next summer’s UFA market.