Wild acquire Sabres Pominville for Hackett, Larsson

5:08 PM, Apr 3, 2013   |    comments
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ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota Wild have traded goaltender Matt Hackett, wing Johan Larsson, a first-round draft pick in 2013 and a second-round draft pick in 2014 for Buffalo's Jason Pominville and a fourth-round pick in 2014.

Pominville is an eight-year veteran and a six-time 20-goal scorer who could join Mikko Koivu and Zach Parise on the Wild's first line.

The underachieving Sabres are retooling for the future after trading defensemen Robyn Regehr to Los Angeles and Jordan Leopold to St. Louis over the past five days.

Pomenville, a right wing and captain of the Sabres, was a subject of frequent trade talks with a number of teams. While his scoring has tailed off recently, insiders say the 30-year-old is still capable of scoring 30-plus goals a year.

Pominville was a No. 55 overall draft pick in 2001 and has spent his entire career with the Sabres, making his NHL debut in 2003. The veteran winger has topped 20 goals a season in six straight years and currently has 10 goals and 25 points in 37 games in 2013.

Hackett has spent most of his time with the Wild's minor league affiliate in Houston this season, but has spent short stints with the big club. He came out on the short end of a contest against the Dallas Stars last Friday, losing 5-3.

Larsson, a 20-year-old forward from Lau, Sweden, played in one game this season with the Wild, but was considered a top offensive prospect.

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