The Wild and Pominville 30 have been talking about a contract extension since before camp began. It obviously hasn’t been signed yet and the season starts Thursday.

I hear the Pominville camp is looking for a long-term deal north of $5 million per – something the Wild has been trying to crack down especially since the team wants to make certain in a few years it can afford to re-sign potential key entry-level expiring guys like Charlie Coyle and Jonas Brodin and because next summer it would like to potentially pursue a top free agent maybe one who used to star at the University of Minnesota.

Pominville is still hopeful he can sign an extension by Thursday and would “prefer” not negotiating during the season.

“I don’t want to really talk during the season” Pominville said today. “I don’t want it to be a distraction for me and the way I play and then you’re always thinking. If you know they’re talking and things aren’t going the way you want it to go then you’re thinking ‘Oh are they not wanting to sign me anymore?’ I don’t really want to have that distraction so hopefully it can get done before [the seaspn]. If not there’s still a lot of time.”

So you still hope it gets done by Thursday (I don’t hear well or comprehend)? “Hopefully something gets done and they keep talking and we can work it out. If not we’ll see where it goes from there.”

How close are you guys (one source of mine says they’re not too far apart)? “It’s tough to say. Tough to say because they’ve talked on and off. They can go on a stretch where they talk four or five hours and get it done in a day or so or if you’re in no hurry it can go a couple weeks without talking. We’ll see where it leads us but we’re hopeful.”