Thursday, September 18, 2008

Sabres ink Pominville for Five ...

Got this press release from the Sabres:
BUFFALO, NY (September 18, 2008) – Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have agreed to terms on a five-year contract extension with right winger Jason Pominville, keeping him in Buffalo through the 2013-14 season. The 25-year-old Pominville was scheduled to become a restricted free agent at the end of the 2008-09 season.

Pominville (11/30/1982, 6’, 178 lbs.) finished second on the team in scoring last season, posting career-highs in points (80) and assists (53), along with 27 goals. He was also a team-high plus-16 as he played in all 82 games for the second consecutive season. A finalist for the NHL’s Lady Byng Trophy, Pominville picked up just 20 PIMs while collecting at least a single point in 55 of 82 games. He had three consecutive game point streaks of seven games or more, including a career-high 10-game point streak from Feb. 17-Mar. 5. Pominville finished the season as Buffalo’s captain, as he was designated to wear the “C” during the months of March and April.

Pominville made his international hockey debut last May with the United States at the 2008 World Hockey Championships, finishing with five points (2+3) in seven games.

A native of Repentigny, Quebec, Pominville has 178 points in 222 career NHL games in Buffalo. Pominville made an immediate impact in Buffalo by scoring 18 goals in 57 games after being recalled early in the 2005-06 season. He was a key part of Buffalo’s 2006 playoff success, as he scored the series-clinching OT goal over Ottawa in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. It marked the first time in NHL history that a playoff series was decided by an overtime shorthanded goal.

Pominville was Buffalo’s second-round choice (55th overall) in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

They will hold a press conference today at 4:30 to discuss.