Thursday, September 18, 2008

Sabres lock up Pominville

Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have agreed to terms on a five-year contract extension with right winger Jason Pominville, keeping him in Buffalo through the 2013-14 season. The 25-year-old Pominville was scheduled to become a restricted free agent at the end of the 2008-09 season.
>> team release
I'll get the terms up here when I see them. I imagine he's signed in the $6-million a season range.

UPDATE It's being reported in Buffalo at $5.3-million per season, which is a great deal considering some of the other recent contracts signed. Pominville has put up 61 goals and 148 points the past two seasons and was 19th in NHL scoring last season.

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At 3:52 p.m., September 18, 2008, Anonymous rob said...

nobody's talking about Buffalo, but i believe that after the storm of last summer they took a step back to take 2 forward, so to speak. They've locked up all their talented core for at least the next 4-5 seasons, (again) have considerable young offensive talent at the AHL level, and will have millions potentially coming off the books after this season (Afinogenov/Connolly/Kotalik).

Can we please dispense with the commentary that Buffalo doesn't keep their stars?

(defence is once again the question - Craig Rivet may be the most important piece to the Buffalo puzzle this year)

At 4:20 p.m., September 18, 2008, Anonymous double d said...


It being reported as $26.5 million over 5 years. That seems like a fair deal for both sides. If they can get off to a better start than last year and get some quality starts from Lalime, I see the Sabres right in the middle of the pack in the East.

At 4:45 p.m., September 18, 2008, Blogger Adam C said...

Connolly's not part of their core?

And while I picked Buffalo for the playoffs this year, they have lost three stars in two years with nothing in return - I don't think that commentary's going away just because they kept Pominville, Vanek and Roy.

At 5:09 p.m., September 18, 2008, Blogger Heather B. said...

Connolly's not part of their core?

Nope. I think the Sabres were pretty clearly hoping he would be but considering how much he's played over the course of this contract, I don't think anyone can count on him being the core of anything. Which is too bad considering how talented he is when he is healthy.

I think passing on three players who are very talented but a shade older and who have arguably had their career years in favor of locking up a group who's played together since the AHL and very possibly still improving in the next few years (Vanek, Roy, Pominville, Miller) is a good move. So I'm with Rob.

I'm also with Rob on defense being the key to the Sabres success this season though.

At 5:32 p.m., September 18, 2008, Anonymous Ebscer said...

Connolly can't be part of the core, because that would require him to be healthy enough to play at least half a season worth of games.

Buffalo is now pretty well set for even the 2009-2010 season

Also given the timming of this, I'm guaranteeing that Pominville is named captain this saturday...

At 6:30 p.m., September 18, 2008, Blogger Jeremy said...

Yeah, the Sabres are really doing a good job of defining their core with these signings. Pominville, Miller, Vanek and Roy are all between the ages of 24 and 27, and each is now locked up for at least another five years. Paul Gaustad (26) and Jochen Hecht (31) are both signed for four years apiece.

Note, however, that none of those players are defensemen. It'll be interesting to see if the Sabres decide to keep Lydman and Tallinder around, and which of their young blueliners step up to become part of the long-term plan.

At 3:16 a.m., September 19, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

With that kind of money they could have kept Campbell, Briere and Drury, if Buffalo had come out with offers early enough. Stupidity is expensive, but somehow Darcy get mulligan? I don't get it.
Campbell's asking price 15 months ago was 4.5M per year. Did I mention that stupidity is expensive?

At 9:07 a.m., September 19, 2008, Anonymous Ebscer said...

Can I point out that neither Campbell, Drury, nor Briere signed for this little? That somehow just because Pominville is willing to make this deal, every other former Sabre was as well?

Both Campbell and Drury rejected deals from Buffalo that offered more money then this. You really can not blame the front office for refusing to overpay...

At 10:42 a.m., September 19, 2008, Anonymous rob said...

Anonymous: >>With that kind of money they could have kept Campbell, Briere and Drury,<<

....and therefore would very likely have lost Vanek, Miller, Pominville. (not to mention residual effects like perhaps not getting Rivet, signing Roy and/or Hecht to extensions, etc.)

So they might have had a year (last) where they had nearly everyone (Vanek would have been gone) but a grim spin-your-wheels immediate future.

As a fan I'm more than happy to make the trade of Campbell/Briere/Drury for 5 years of Vanek/Miller/Pominville/Roy and 3 years of someone who can play defence (Rivet). I think it's a no-brainer.

At 10:57 a.m., September 19, 2008, Blogger Tom L said...

Salary Cap or no, in a market like Buffalo tough decisions have to be made. We can play the contract blame game all the way back to not siging Briere to a 4/$18 or 5/$22 contract before his arbitration hearing while deciding on making Dumont a higher priority than either Connolly or Kotalik.

If that deal had gotten done, Drury might have actually signed the extension they had agreed to but he reneged on in November of '06 and Vanek would have been the property of the Edmonton Oilers.

Coulda, woulda, shoulda. We were ecstatic at the time when Regier got nearly everyone signed after the 06 playoff run. Now, we 2nd guess.

I'm happy Regier stuck to his plan of keeping the core of guys who grew up together in the 'A' as H.B. pointed out and not letting them slip through his fingers.

If you listened to Poms yesterday on WGR you'd know that he wanted to stay where he was and was over-joyed to have a solid contract under which to play.

I'll take that any day of the week, considering all of the twaddle printed about how no one wants to play in Buffalo... which is pure nonsense.



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