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Bold Wild pay price for Pominville

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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Aiming for their first playoff run in 10 years, the Minnesota Wild weren't afraid to go big and get a player like Jason Pominville for the push.

The Buffalo Sabres saw another opportunity to restock for the future, amid a season that's fast failing to meet expectations.

The Sabres traded their captain and a fourth-round draft pick in 2014 to the Wild before the NHL deadline on Wednesday for prospects Johan Larsson and Matt Hackett plus a first-round draft pick in 2013 and a second-round draft pick in 2014.

That's a high price, but the Wild were willing to part with some assets for a valuable two-way player in their attempt to reach the post-season for the first time in five years. They haven't won a playoff series since 2003.

Sabres general manager Darcy Regier's high-priced roster has been one of the league's biggest letdowns this season, in danger of missing the playoffs for a second straight year and the fourth time in six seasons.

"It's going to involve rolling back a little bit organizationally," Regier said. "Acquire the assets, the players, the draft picks and do it in a way that's going to allow us to group enough young players together, or players together, in order to win a championship."

Pominville is an eight-year veteran and a six-time 20-goal scorer with significant special teams experience.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 4, 2013 D5

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