Pominville happy to be back in Buffalo

Read some comments from the Sabres forward as he joined The Instigators on Wednesday

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It has been over four years since Buffralo Sabres forward Jason Pominville last played a game in Buffalo as a member of the blue and gold. On trade deadline day in 2013, the Sabres traded Pominville to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for forward Johan Larsson, goalie Matt Hackett, and two draft picks.

After parts of five seasons with the Wild, Pominville was re-acquired by the Sabres this offseason by former teammate, and new Sabres general manager Jason Botterill. The former Sabres captain was part of a deal that also included Marco Scandella and a draft pick coming to the Sabres for forwards Tyler Ennis and Marcus Foligno, plus a draft pick.

Even after being away from the Sabres for more than four years, Pominville is looking forward to calling Buffalo home once more.

"I'm pumped, I'm really excited," Pominville said with Andrew Peters and Martin Biron on The Instigators on Wednesday. "We obviously really enjoyed our time in Buffalo when we were there and couldn't be happier to be back. Our kids are happy, we're excited to make the move back to live there and establish ourselves in the city again. And obviously the team is heading in a great direction too, I'm excited to meet the players and start it again."

Pominville and Botterill spent two seasons together in the American Hockey League playing for the Rochester Americans. At the time, Botterill was a grizzled veteran while Pominville was a young, up-and-coming player looking to make a name for himself in the organization.

Since Botterill has re-acquired his former teammate in Rochester, they have not said much about what's to come for this upcoming season in Buffalo.

"It was just kind of a quick chat, he probably had a lot of things going on that day," Pominville said. "He was excited for me to be back and excited about the role I'll have and I can help the team in different ways... But it was nice, I played with him, he was a guy that knew everything about every player around the league."

The 34-year old winger scored 76 goals and registered 206 points since leaving Buffalo. That's on top of the 185 goals and 456 points scored as a member of the Sabres.

At one point in his career, Pominville was one of the younger Sabres on the roster in his earlier days. Now, he comes back as the oldest and, arguably, the most experienced veteran on the roster. While Pominville is not getting any younger, he wants to go out every game and continue to play his style of hockey.

"I think the day-to-day stuff that I bring is hopefully something I can help with the team and the organization," Pomville said. "But I'm not going to change no matter what, I'm going to keep doing what I've always been doing."

Hear Pominville's entire interview with The Instigators below:

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