The Buffalo Sabres made one move on Wednesday before the NHL's 3 o'clock trade deadline and that moved sent the captain to the Wild. Jason Pominville was shipped the Minnesota in exchange for prospects G Matt Hackett, F Johan Larsson, a 1st round pick in 2013, and a 2nd round pick in 2014. The Sabres also sent a 4th rounder to Minnesota in the deal.
Quite a haul of draft picks has come Buffalo's way in the days leading up to the deadline. Regier was careful to not use the word 'rebuilding' when discussing his options.
"It allows us to begin a process of... I'm not going to use the 'R' word but, it allows us to continue to draft and develop players and build the organization".
Sabres GM Darcy Regier was sad to see Pominville go.
"I want to start off by thanking Jason. He was drafted by us and everything he represents as a player, you can multiply as a big number as a person. Extremely grateful for everything he's done and only wish him the best".
Pominville has 10 goals and 15 assists this season. He was third on the team in scoring and a part of the top line for much of the campaign with Thomas Vanek and Cody Hodgson. Pominville has spent 8 full seasons in Buffalo. He drafted by the Sabres in the 2nd round of the 2001 Entry draft.
Regier said that he did not intend on trading Pominville and only asked for the captain's list of teams he wouldn't go to just in case a trade option came up.
"We were actually talking about a different player with Minnesota and, last night, I got a call from Chuck Flecter and he said we'd really like to focus on Jason Pominville".
Pominville has always said that he'd like to stay in Buffalo when trade speculation came up.
The Sabres posted this information on the prospects coming to Buffalo. Both Larsson and Hackett will be assigned to Rochester of the AHL:
In his first AHL season, Larsson (5’10”, 200 lbs., 7/25/92) has recorded 37 points (15+22) in 62 games for the Houston Aeros. He made his NHL debut as a member of the Wild on Feb. 17 against Detroit, skating 14:02 of ice time.
Larsson was selected by the Wild in the second round (56th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. A native of Lau, Sweden, the forward captained Sweden’s goal medal-winning team at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship, where he recorded six assists in six games. He was selected as the Swedish Elite League Rookie of the Year in 2012 after recording 36 points (12+24) in 49 games with Brynas (SEL).
Hackett (6’2”, 173 lbs., 3/7/90) has appeared in 43 games for the Aeros in his third AHL season, recording a 19-20-30 record with a 2.66 goals against average and a .907 save percentage. In 132 regular-season AHL games, the London, Ontario native has compiled a 62-53-13 record with a .913 save percentage and three shutouts. He has also backstopped the Aeros to a 14-12 record in 26 postseason games, reaching the Calder Cup finals in 2011.
Hackett was selected by the Wild in the third round (77th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He has appeared in 13 total NHL games as a member of the Wild in the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons, compiling a 3-7-0 record, a .914 save percentage and a 2.64 goals against average.
You can hear the Regier press conference in the On Demand section at WGR550.com.