Sabres' Pominville remembers when he was dealt on Trade Deadline Day

February 22, 2018

Detroit, MI (WGR 550) - The first time Jason Pominville was traded it was on trade deadline day in 2013. Pominville and a fourth round pick (William Lagesson) went to the Minnesota Wild for Johan Larsson, Matt Hackett, a first round pick that became Nikita Zadorov and a second round pick that became Vaclav Karabacek.

The trade was interesting because Pominville had been told by Darcy Regier that nothing was going on. “He had asked me for my list a few days before, but I had sat and talked with him and he was saying that he wasn’t really thinking about trading me, but he had to see all the options that were out there.” Pominville said. “Then before the trade happened, he called me when the day started saying there hadn’t been any talk with Minnesota about me and then they turned their focus on me to get a deal done.”

Pominville really wasn’t thinking about moving, but he was paying attention. "I was sitting at home and you see the trade bait and I think I became the top trade bait at the time so I was like, ‘Oh man, something is probably going to happen here’ because those guys usually aren’t wrong.”

Pominville would’ve been better about it had he been single with no kids, but family considerations became front and center, “That’s the biggest thing, especially if you have kids because they’re in school, kids have their activities and those are the things that are most important for parents, so you want to make sure that that side is taken care of.”

Many players brush off things in the media, but Pominville said, everybody pays attention to Trade Deadline Day, “It’s an exciting day, even for players. Everyone looks at it, everyone follows it, everyone is excited to see what’s going to happen and where players are going to go, so it’s an exciting time for everyone.”

Scott Wilson won two Stanley Cups in Pittsburgh, but the Penguins were always looking to add players, not sell. Despite that, Wilson doesn’t see much difference, “I think honestly it’s kind of the same. Every team at the deadline, there’s a few guys on each team that could be moved or other teams want, so it’s not really talked about as much as you think.”

The Sabres play Wilson’s old team Detroit. Pittsburgh traded him to Detroit on Oct. 21. He only played 17 games with the Red Wings before heading to Buffalo. Wilson had no points in 20 games with Detroit and Pittsburgh and he’s looking forward to playing in Detroit tonight, “Hockey is a business and at the end of the day, it doesn’t always go your way, but I’ve been feeling pretty good as of late, kind of finding myself a little bit so I’ll definitely have an extra step tonight.”

Wilson has three goals and two assists for five points in his last six games.

Join Schopp and the Bulldog at 6:30 for the pregame when you’ll hear more from Wilson, Pominville and Phil Housley.