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Updated: October 3rd, 2013 10:58am
Wild, Jason Pominville come to terms on a five-year contract extension

Wild, Jason Pominville come to terms on a five-year contract extension

by Derek Wetmore
1500ESPN.com
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10/3/2013
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The Wild traded for Jason Pominville last April and this offseason, the forward was seeking an extension to stay with the club long-term.

The two sides came to terms on a five-year deal, Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher announced Thursday.

The contract kicks in next season, and is for $28 million, according to Michael Russo of the Star Tribune.


With big contract to players like Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, the the salary cap situation isn't easy for the Wild to navigate. But on the day the team opens the 2013-14 campaign with a home game against the Kings, the Wild struck a deal for a contract extension.

The deal will take Pominville, 30, through the 2018-19 season, since he still has one year left on his current contract. By that time, the Wild will also have to take a hard look at the cap situation as it pertains to younger players like Charlie Coyle, Jonas Brodin and Mikael Granlund.

But for now, the Wild can begin the season, free from the distraction of a lingering Pominville extension, and set out to prove wrong the critics who feel they are not contenders for the Stanley Cup.

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for 1500ESPN.com. His previous stops include MLB.com and the Minnesota Daily.
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