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Buffalo says welcome (back) to Pominville

It's an understatement to say that Buffalo Sabres fans were excited at the news that Jason Pominville is returning to the team.

So much so that fans recreated a 2007 stunt, changing the "Welcome to Buffalo" sign on the Kensington Expressway to say "Welcome to Pominville."

Jason Pominville played for the Buffalo Sabres from 2003-04 through the 2012-13 season before being traded to Minnesota.

Sabres announcer Rick Jeanneret coined the famous phrase "Welcome to Pominville, population ... " changing the population number every time Pominville scored a goal.

Here's the sign from 2007:

The sign at the Buffalo city line on the Kensington Expressway reads, "Welcome to Pominville" thanks to an unruly but creative Sabres fan, pictured on April 25, 2007. ( Derek Gee/Buffalo News)

Here's Nick Filipowski's tweet after he snapped a photo this afternoon.

The sign switch was caught by several other Twitter users:

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