“It was a shock.”
Even though Jason Pominville knew that his name was on the trade block, he was still surprised to hear the news that the Minnesota Wild acquired him from the Buffalo Sabres at yesterday’s traded deadline.
“Even though I had a feeling that it might happen, it’s still a shock,” Pominville said. “Really excited to come to this organization. They’re doing whatever it takes to win and heading in the right direction.”
After a very early morning cross-country flight, Pominville arrived in Los Angeles and spoke to the media before the Wild takes on the Kings at STAPLES Center at 9:30 p.m. State of Hockey Time.
Although the lineup will not officially been announced until Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo’s media availability this afternoon, Minnesota’s bench boss said that he expects the winger to skate alongside Mikko Koivu and Zach Parise when he does make his first appearance. With only 12 available forwards, we can speculate Yeo will announce that Pominville will make his debut in a Wild sweater tonight. If that’s the case, he’ll wear no. 29.
Yesterday, Dany Heatley suffered an upper body injury at the end of the game against the San Jose Sharks. He was slashed and jumped by Marc-Edouard Vlasic, and afterwards skated off the ice in a heap of pain. He is unavailable for tonight’s game against the Kings. Hopefully we’ll get an update on his status from Yeo later today. Vlasic received a five-minute misconduct for the infraction and was fined today by the National Hockey League.
The Wild also recalled center Mikael Granlund from the Houston Aeros for tonight’s game. He’s likely to see his first action with the Wild since being reassigned to Houston on March 12. In the nine games after being sent to Houston, the center tallied seven points (2-5=7).
As for the defensive pairings and starting goaltender, we’ll have those for you later with Yeo’s media availability. However, netminder Darcy Kuemper and defender Justin Falk were the last two skaters on the ice at the team’s optional morning skate if you want to read anything into that knowledge.