Lou Nanne concerned over Jason Pominville contract talks with Wild
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MINNEAPOLIS --The Minnesota Wild open the NHL season at home Thursday. But before the puck drops, the team is trying to work out a deal with forward Jason Pominville, according to Michael Russo of the Star Tribune.
At least one hockey enthusiast is concerned about it.
Lou Nanne on Wednesday told 1500ESPN that negotiations have taken longer than Nanne would have thought.
Morning show hosts Jeff Dubay and Judd Zulgad asked Nanne, a regular weekly guest on the show, what is the likelihood of a deal getting done in a timely fashion.
"That's really a question I'm concerned about," Nanne said. "Pominville's got an agent whose only client is Pominville. And you would have thought that might be a benefit to getting a contract done expeditiously. But it seems to me it's going a lot longer than I anticipated it would go and that concerns me.
"Because [his agent] might not have the feel that he should have for what's going on in the market place, what he should do and how it should be worked out. I get a little concerned when it goes this long and a guy really doesn't have a lot of clients."
The Wild acquired Pominville and a fourth-round 2014 draft choice in April for prospects Johan Larsson and Matt Hackett and a 2013 first-round pick and 2014 second-round selection.
Given how much the Wild gave up to obtain Pominville, does his camp feel they have more leverage? And furthermore, does the rumored addition of soon-to-be free agent Thomas Vanek, a friend of Pominville, have any bearing on Pominville's leverage?
"I think the first part is right: they gave up quite a bit for him and they want to get him signed," Nanne said. "But I don't think they're going to make a mistake and pay him more than he should be paid just because of what they gave up.
"And the second part, Vanek, it would be a help, it would be a little bit of a help. But I don't think it would be a big factor in Vanek signing [in Minnesota]."