Pominville is settled back into Buffalo

Getting his number back from Jake McCabe wasn't hard

Paul Hamilton
August 29, 2017 - 3:41 pm

Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - The movers have come and gone and Jason Pominville is back in Western New York. He hit the ice at HarborCenter for the first time on Tuesday which was a place that was being built when he left.

Pominville went to training camp with Zemgus Girgensons and was teammates with Matt Moulson and Marco Scandella in Minnesota, but other than that, he doesn't know anybody else.

Pominville had on his familiar number 29 and he said he got the number back from Jake McCabe right away, “When the trade happened, Dave Williams, our equipment guy called me and he said McCabe sent him a text saying, 'I guess I'm going to change my number,' so he said he wanted an excuse to change his number anyway, so he's like, I'm going to go to 19, so I texted McCabe and said if you want to keep it, you keep it and his response was pretty funny, he goes, 'I think more people have your jersey than mine, so I'm going to change to 19.' So it was nice of him to do that and I guess I'll probably owe him dinner or something.”

Pominville has been back in town the get into his new house and get his kids ready for school. He said, “It's nice to be back, it was a little weird driving around the city and a few things have changed here and there, but we're excited. Ever since the trade we were looking forward to getting here and getting established.”

Pominville has spoken briefly with Phil Housley twice and he said, “I'm definitely feeling excitement. I think the team is headed in the right direction, there's a lot of young players that are going to be really good players in the league.”

Pominville is looking forward to meeting and playing with Jack Eichel. He said, “He's an elite player and a guy that has a really, really bright future.”

“When you have him and O'Reilly as your top two centers, I think your team is setup down the middle to be pretty good for a lot of years and hopefully Jack is able to sign a long-term deal and stay here awhile.”

Pominville knows about Scandella and was getting to know Zach Bogosian on the ice today. He said, “Even the D, Ristolainen's a great player, you add Beaulieu, Scandella is going to be a big part of the team, so I think it's headed in the right direction.”

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