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Sabres trade Jason Pominville to Minnesota for prospects Johan Larsson, Matt Hackett, two picks

By John Vogl

It's official: The Sabres have made a significant alteration to their franchise, shipping captain Jason Pominville to the Minnesota Wild.

The Sabres will receive Johan Larsson, a 20-year-old center/winger who has played one NHL game. Larsson was captain of Sweden's world junior team. He was a second-round pick in the 2010 draft. The 5-foot-10, 200-pounder had 15 goals, 22 assists and 37 points in 62 minor-league games this season.

He's been categorized as a responsibly defensive forward who can also chip in offensively.

The Sabres also will receive goaltender Matt Hackett, a 23-year-old who was picked in the third round in 2009. He has played 13 NHL games, including one this season. In his career, he is 3-7 with a 2.64 goals-against average and .914 save percentage.

Hackett was 19-20-3 with a 2.66 and .907 save percentage with the Wild's minor-league club in Houston. He's 6-2, 173 pounds.

TSN reports the Sabres have also received Minnesota's first-round pick this year and a second-round selection in 2014. The Wild gets Buffalo's fourth-round selection in 2014.

Pominville had spent his entire 11-year pro career in the Sabres' organization, including the past two seasons as team captain. The right winger has 10 goals and 25 points in 35 games this season. The 30-year-old has 185 goals and 456 points in 578 games with the Sabres.

He has one year remaining on a contract that pays $5.3 million annually.


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