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The Minnesota Wild have signed Jason Pominville to a five year, $28M contract.

After the Sabres drafted in in the second round (55th overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, Pominville made his debut in the 2003-2004 season, and then after the 2004-2005 lockout spent most of the last eight seasons with the Sabres. Pominville is a 30-year-old American right wing (despite being born in Repentigny, Quebec) who had 10 goals and 15 assists in 37 games with the Sabres last year. Pominville played 10 regular-season games with the Wild last season following a trade-deadline deal, scoring four goals and five assists.

Pominville put up big offensive numbers throughout his career as a Sabre, including a 2006-2007 season where he put up 34 goals and 34 assists, a 2007-2008 season where he put up 27 goals and 53 assists, and last season, his first as captain, where he put up 30 goals and 43 assists. In 678 NHL games in the regular season, Pominville has put up 189 goals and 276 assists, as well as 12 goals and 16 assists in 45 playoff games. It will be interesting to watch how he performs on a line with Mikko Koivu and Zach Parise for a full 82 game schedule.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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