<b>Update, 3:30 p.m. EST: The entry I had posted here before is meaningless now! Pommer signs a 5-year extension this afternoon, reportedly between $5 and $6 mill per season. Thoughts? I think it's a great deal and I'm ecstatic to hear the news! No more distractions going into Camp. Let's get the season started, Sabres fans!</b>
Sabres fans on pins and needles...Just waiting to hear Jason Pominville has signed an extension with the Blue and Gold.
At least I am.
And if other Buffalo faithful are anything like me, they're waking up every morning, headed right to BuffaloNews.com, WGR55.com, Hockeybuzz.com, or their other outlet of choice to see the headline, "POMMER EXTENDED"...
Every day goes by, and still nothing new. The WGR report resonates in our minds, and it plays itself over and over again - Friday deadline, Friday deadline.
Then Ek says Pommer has NOT drawn a line in the sand, and we all just get that much more confused.
This much is known. Deadlines and the Sabres don't mix very well. So we've learned the last several years. And just hearing that word, it's a scary one.
Yes, he's an RFA. Yes, we can go this entire year without "worrying about it." But it would still be a distraction. Inevitably, it would have to be. Pominville is too good a player, and the media will be all over it, especially the 2nd half of the season.
If he really won't negotiate during the season, then Gee....Sabres fans are on pins and needles waiting to hear the news of an extension. We've been waiting since Ryan Miller signed his extension - and BTW, that was huge and has relieved us all a great deal.
Pommer's a fan favorite, and if we go the whole season without him extended, there's no predicting what might happen after that. The next 48 hours, we'd like nothing more than to hear this is done with. Because only then can we truly start Camp without a distraction in the world.