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Scouting The Market: Pavol Demitra

Up next in our wildly popular series, Scouting The Market, is Pavol Demitra.

Pavol Demitra is a 35 year old center who played last season with Vancouver Canucks. The Slovak is said to be good friends with Marian Gaborik, and they have good chemistry when they were in teammates in Minnesota. Demitra had injury issues last year, only scoring 3 goals in 28 games, but in 2008-2009 , Demitra put up a line of 20-33-53, in 69 games. Demitra also was the points leader in the 2010 Olympics, with 10. Health is an issue, and he’s getting up there in age.

He’s not the scorer he once was and he’s not going to offer much defensively, but Demitra can still put up numbers, and ride shotgun to Gaborik in the process. He’s only a candidate for a one year deal. He made $4 million last year, and I don’t think he’ll make that next year. More like 1.5-2 million.

With Demitra (and assuming no other additions) the lines would look something like this:

Dubinsky-Demitra-Gaborik

Avery-Christensen-Callahan

Prust-Anisimov-Shelley

Weise-Drury-Boyle

What do you think of Demitra? Is he worth replacing Prospal?

5 Responses to “Scouting The Market: Pavol Demitra”

  1. Mark says:

    I think if you can get a 1st line center for 1.5 to 2 mil we should do that… I just don’t think Demitra is any good anymore… he disappeared for the Canucks this playoff and he is a poor mans Scotty Gomez… I would like them to go after a big 1st line guy to play with Gaborik and Dubi so that Dubi can flourish like when he had Jagr with him and the pressure can be off of Gaborik to do everything…If they can sign Demitra for the 2nd line to add to the depth that every playoff team has, then i can see that as a viable option

  2. Dave says:

    Considering the cap scenario, I’d welcome Demitra at the right price for a year. He would be a good stop gap as Anisimov preps to maybe play on the top line.

  3. Brian says:

    I watched the Canucks in the playoffs specifically to watch Demitra. He’s definately lost a step skating wise, (looked like he was playing banged up) but he is crafty and is good at dishing the puck and getting it on net. He looks smaller than his listed size at 6 ft. I don’t necessarily have a problem with teaming him up with Gaborik but i wouldn’t sign him as a depth guy otherwise and take a slot away from one of our kids. He is going to shy away from contact so we would need a guy like Dubi to play on that line. I would consider a one year contract for 1.5 mil max especially because he is likely to spend some time on the DL.

  4. Dave says:

    I think the Rangers would sign him as a short term top line guy, since we are lacking in those. He was banged up all season though, so it wouldn’t surprise me if he was playing hurt, or if he lost a step, he is up there in age.

  5. brian says:

    sign him