When the Minnesota Wild needed to find more offense this past season to make a run at the playoffs, they decided to make a trade with the Buffalo Sabres for Jason Pominville. He was quite productive during his ten game appearances to finish the regular season with nine points, including four goals. As the offseason begins for the Wild, there must be thought given to whether or not the team should extend Pominville’s contract beyond the one year that is left on it.
Pominville is a player who can be a dominant offensive force as proved by his 34 overall points this season. The Wild have already given big contracts to Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, though, and could be out of money now to sign another major player like Pominville.
He is scheduled to earn $5.5 million this coming year and that may be too much for Minnesota to make work after next season ends. I think the team needs to make a move to try to keep him around, however.
I’m not positive that Pominville would want to do this, but if he can take a slight salary cut to around $4 million for his next deal with the Wild, it could work out. It is a real long shot obviously because no one wants to take a pay cut, but for a Minnesota team that is trending up, they need to keep some of their core players around. That core now involves Pominville, and a four-year deal worth $16 million wouldn’t be such a terrible idea.