Jason Pominville

NHL Notes: Sabres bring back Jason Pominville in trade with Wild

NHL Notes: Sabres bring back Jason Pominville in trade with Wild

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- As pleased as Jason Pominville was upon hearing he was returning to the Buffalo Sabres, it was nothing compared to the excitement of his son, Jayden.

"My little guy already has his (Sabres) jersey on right now," Pominville said Friday, shortly after the former Sabres captain and defenseman Marco Scandella were acquired in a trade with Minnesota. "My little kid said, `You're going to have a chance to play with Jack Eichel.' So he's pumped."

Traded to the Wild in April 2013 when Buffalo began a purge of veteran players, Pominville rejoins the rebuilding Sabres and a youth movement that includes Eichel, their star second-year center.

At 30, Pominville provides veteran leadership to an underachieving team that lacked accountability last season. Scandella, meanwhile, fills an immediate need on a revamped defense that added Nathan Beaulieu in a trade two weeks ago.

The Wild addressed needs of their own by freeing up salary cap space and filling forward roles by acquiring speedy play-maker Tyler Ennis and adding a physical presence in Marcus Foligno.

"It just wasn't realistic that we were going to be able to bring our team back as it was constituted at the end of last year and into next season," Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher said. "I think we checked a few boxes with the trade today" (see full story).

Capitals: Orlov signs 6-year extension worth $30.6M
ARLINGTON, Va. -- Dmitry Orlov developed into one of the Washington Capitals' best defensemen last season, and he's being rewarded with a long-term, big-money contract.

The Capitals re-signed Orlov on Friday to a $30.6 million, six-year deal that carries a $5.1 million salary-cap hit through the 2022-23 season. The substantial raise from his $2.57 million, one-year contract reflects the top-pairing role he has assumed on the blue line.

"His growth, we talked about a young player being patient, allowing him to grow, allowing him to make mistakes, allowing him to get to the next level," coach Barry Trotz said Friday. "And with a good plan and his work ethic and him buying into it, he's turned himself into a pretty good player, a good piece for us, and he's getting paid for it."

Orlov tweeted that he's happy to stay in Washington and can't wait for next year.

The 25-year-old Russian was the Capitals' most improved player last season. He had six goals, a career-high 27 assists and 33 points in 82 games after missing the entire 2014-15 season with a wrist injury.

"It was a coming out party for him," defense partner Matt Niskanen said. "He turned into a stud. He was our best D-man on many, many occasions this year" (see full story).

Flames: Stone inks 3-year deal with Flames
CALGARY, Alberta -- The Calgary Flames have signed defenseman Michael Stone to a three-year deal reportedly worth $10.5 million.

The Flames acquired Stone from Arizona before last season's trade deadline to add stability to their defense.

He had two goals and four assists and was a plus-5 in 19 regular-season games with Calgary, and added a goal in five playoff games.

Stone has 26 goals and 76 assists in 343 games with Arizona and Calgary.

The signing capped a busy day for the Flames, who also waived forward Lance Bouma and defenseman Ryan Murphy for the purposes of buying out their contracts.