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Pominville says he'll wait before deciding on future

Veteran winger is set to become a free agent this summer

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

Jason Pominville said he has not made a decision regarding his future during an interview with the media at locker cleanout day on Monday. 

Pominville ranked fourth on the Sabres with 16 goals and tallied 31 points in 73 games this season. Still, the 36-year-old winger said he will take time to ponder what's next with the potential of unrestricted free agency awaiting him this summer. 

"I feel good," he said. "I feel comfortable, my body feels good, I feel like I can play. I definitely need time and I guess we'll go from there."

Video: LOCKER CLEANOUT: Pominville

Pominville said that as of Monday morning he had not discussed his future with Sabres general manager Jason Botterill. (They were scheduled to conduct their exit meeting later in the afternoon.) 


The possibility of playing his last game in Buffalo did cross Pominville's mind as he drove to the rink ahead of the Sabres' home finale against Ottawa last Thursday. He grew emotional during his pregame interview that morning and received a long, standing ovation after scoring in the third period.

"I've tried to soak in pretty much everything throughout my career," he said that morning. "Since I've been drafted - that was in '01 - all I've wanted to do is wear the sweater. I've been fortunate enough to do it for a while."

Video: Fans salute Pominville

Pominville was reacquired by the Sabres on June 30, 2017, after spending parts of five seasons with the Minnesota Wild. The former Sabres captain has spent the last two seasons serving as a leadership presence in the dressing room while rising in the franchise record books.

He ranks eighth in Sabres history in games played (733), assists (304) and points (521) and 10th in goals (217). He became the 11th player to play his 1,000th NHL game in a Sabres uniform on Nov. 1. 

Video: OTT@BUF: Sabres celebrate Pominville for 1,000 games

"I can definitely say that I've done everything I could to try and help the team as much as I can on the ice, in the room, in pretty much every aspect I could," he said. 

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