Report: Sabres shopping captain Pominville

Jason Pominville was traded to the Minnesota Wild from the Buffalo Sabres, leaving Buffalo's captaincy open. (AP/Karl B. DeBlaker)

It’s looking as though one of the big names that could be on the move prior to the April 3 NHL Trade Deadline is Buffalo Sabres captain Jason Pominville.

Pominville has a limited no-trade clause that allows him to provide the Sabres with an eight-team no-trade list and according to a report from TVA Sports, the Sabres asked Pominville to supply them with that list on Monday.

Pominville has an annual salary cap hit of $5.3 million with one year remaining on his contract after the completion of this campaign. The Canadian-born winger – who competes internationally with the United States since he’s a dual-citizen – becomes an unrestricted free agent following the 2013-14 season.

In 36 games this season, Pominville has 10 goals and 23 points, but the forward has cooled off of late after starting the year with 14 points in the first 10 games.

Last Friday, Pominville didn’t put much stock into all the trade rumours that begin to circulate at this time of year.

However, now, a deal involving Pominville is a more realistic possibility.

If he is moved before the deadline, the 30-year-old would become the third captain traded in the past 10 days. On March 24, the Pittsburgh Penguins acquired Dallas Stars captain Brenden Morrow and on April 3 the Penguins also added Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla.

The Sabres have already made a couple moves before the trade deadline strikes at 3 p.m. ET Wednesday. They sent defenceman Jordan Leopold to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday for a 2nd-round pick and a conditional fifth-round pick in 2013; then Monday they sent blue-liner Robyn Regehr to the Los Angeles Kings for second-round picks in 2014 and 2015.

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