Wild trade prospect Johan Larsson in deal for Jason Pominville
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Chuck Fletcher is going all-in.
The Minnesota Wild acquired right wing Jason Pominville from the Buffalo Sabres shortly before Wednesday's trade deadline, giving up top prospect Johan Larsson and goalie Matt Hackett in return. The Wild also will send their first-round pick in 2013 and their second-round pick in 2014 to Buffalo. The Sabres included a fourth-round pick in the 2014 draft in the deal.
Pominville, 30, has 185 goals and 271 assists in 578 career NHL games over nine seasons, all in Buffalo. He had 10 goals and 15 assists in 37 games with Buffalo this season. The Quebec native was the Sabres' captain.
Hackett, 23, was 19-20-3 with a 2.66 goals-against average and a .907 saves percentage in 43 games this season with the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League. He made one start with the Wild, stopping 28 of 33 shots on March 29 in a 5-3 loss at Dallas. Hackett was selected by the Wild in the third round (No. 77 overall) of the 2009 draft.
Larsson, 20, had 15 goals and 22 assists in 62 games this season with Houston. Larsson, who made his NHL debut against Detroit on Feb. 17, was selected by the Wild in the second round (No. 56 overall) of the 2010 draft.
The Wild entered Wednesday tied with Vancouver atop the Northwest Division standings.
Wild add goalie
The Wild also acquired goaltender Jeff Deslauriers from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for future considerations on Wednesday. He was assigned to Houston.
Deslauriers, 28, went 6-8-1 with a 3.25 GAA and a .902 saves percentage in 15 games with the Fort Wayne Komets in the ECHL this season. He also appeared in two games for the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL, going 1-1-0 with a 3.51 GAA and an .889 saves percentage.