By John Vogl
PITTSBURGH -- Jason Pominville knows Darcy Regier is trying to rebuild the Sabres. In order to do that, the general manager might have to trade Pominville. The captain has helped Regier out.
Pominville has a modified no-trade clause in which he can submit a list of eight teams to which he cannot be traded. Without giving a direct yes, Pominville confirmed today he has indeed supplied the list."I don’t want to answer by yes or no, but what I can say is obviously Darcy has a job to do, and for him to be able to do that in my case and in guys that have these kinds of lists, for him to be able to listen he needs to know," Pominville said. "I think it’s just part of the process. He said it awhile ago that he was going to listen on everyone, so I think it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that this came up.
"I understand the business of things. I understand Darcy has a job to do, and he’s trying to do his best to do what’s best for the team and the franchise. By no means does it mean I’m gone or stuff like that. I think it’s just part of the process. It’s a step that he has to do and he has to deal with.
"It could happen, but would I be completely shocked if it didn’t? Probably not."
Pominville has one year remaining on his contract. He enters tonight's game against Pittsburgh fourth on the Sabres in scoring with 23 points, including 10 goals.
"It’s a tough situation for everyone," Pominville said in Consol Energy Center. "Obviously, this time of year there’s a lot of talk, a lot of speculation that come out. Some guys hear it, some guys don’t. We don’t talk about those things before games, but obviously on off days and in the morning guys will throw a chirp here or there. It’s just part of the business, and we have to deal with it.
"We’ve got to keep our focus on the team and doing what’s best for the team. The team that you’re playing for right now is the Sabres, and you want to climb in the standings. You want to do what’s best for the franchise."
A source close to the captain was asked if he thought Pominville would be part of the Sabres on Thursday, the day following the trade deadline.
"I'd rather not answer that question," he said.