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38 Pavol Demitra RW
Height/Weight: 6-0/204 | Birthdate: 11/29/1974 | Birthplace: Dubnica, Czechoslovakia | Team: | College: | NHL Experience: 15 | Salary:   | Owned/Started%: 0/0

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9/8/2011

Pavol Demitra, RW, VAN

Pavol Demitra

Demitra Dies In Russian Team Plane Crash

News: Pavol Demitra died with 42 others when a plane carrying his Russian hockey team crashed Wednesday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "Demo was like the Wayne Gretzky of Slovakia. This is one of the best players ever to play from that country," said Wes Walz, Demitra's former Wild linemate.
Analysis: Also killed in the crash were former NHL players Ruslan Salei, Karlis Skrastins, Josef Vasicek and Karel Rachunek, as well as former NHL coach Brad McCrimmon.

9/7/2011

Pavol Demitra, RW, VAN

Pavol Demitra

Demitra's Russian Team Plane Crashes

News: Pavol Demitra is one of 43 people believed to have died in a plane crash in Russia while traveling with teammates of Yaroslavl of the KHL, the Associated Press reports.
Analysis: Pavol Demitra's death isn't confirmed as there are reports of one or two potential survivors. It's obviously a sad day for the hockey world.

4/2/2010

Pavol Demitra, RW, VAN Demitra returns with two assists

Pavol Demitra

Demitra returns with two assists

News: Canucks RW Pavol Demitra had two assists on Thursday against the Kings in his first game after sitting out four games to be with his ailing wife. He also took three shots and finished at even in 15:28 of ice time.
Analysis: It's amazing how focused Demitra can be after dealing with a family issue. It seems he can finish out the season with the Canucks for the time being, so activate Demitra in Fantasy, if you choose. He hasn't been as good of an offensive weapon since returning from offseason shoulder surgery, so Demitra remains an injury-risk flier the rest of the way.

3/31/2010

Pavol Demitra, RW, VAN Demitra not back from personal leave

Pavol Demitra

Demitra not back from personal leave

News: Canucks RW Pavol Demitra missed his fourth straight game on Tuesday against the Coyotes for undisclosed personal reasons.
Analysis: Demitra took a personal leave in February and his latest absence could be related. But we just don't know the details. What we do know is that Demitra hasn't provided Vancouver the lift it was looking for after he returned from two shoulder surgeries. Demitra had a nice run in the Olympics, but he is performing like a low-end Fantasy option when active in the NHL.

3/24/2010

Pavol Demitra, RW, VAN

Pavol Demitra

Demitra takes a personal leave

News: Vancouver forward Pavol Demitra missed Tuesday's game against the Oilers due to personal reasons. There is no timetable for his return.
Analysis: Demitra took a personal leave in February and his latest absence could be related. But it's too early to speculate. What we do know is that Demitra hasn't provided Vancouver the lift it was looking for after he returned from two shoulder surgeries. Demitra had a nice run in the Olympics, but he is performing like a low-end Fantasy option when active in the NHL.

3/22/2010

Pavol Demitra, RW, VAN Demitra missing for personal reasons

Pavol Demitra

Demitra missing for personal reasons

News: According to the Canucks' official Twitter feed, RW Pavol Demitra has left the team for personal reasons. There is no timetable for his return.
Analysis: The oft-injured Demitra has seen his offensive game slip over the last few seasons and he's been limited to just 11 points in 22 games this campaign. A recent move back to the scoring line didn't help his cause and owners have probably been looking for a legitimate reason to bench. Now you have it. Remove him from all lineups for Fantasy Week 23 (March 22-28), as who knows when he'll be back.

3/2/2010

Pavol Demitra, RW, VAN Demitra returning to scoring line

Pavol Demitra

Demitra returning to scoring line

News: The Province reports that Canucks RW Pavol Demitra, who missed the first 47 games of this season, has been promoted from the fourth line to the second line. "Pavol was out for so long, we were just trying to get him to find his timing and his rhythm," said coach Alain Vigneault on Monday. "But if he's going to help our team, he's a top-two-line player, without a doubt."
Analysis: Demitra was showing signs of life before the break with three points in four games, and the oft-injured veteran could be in for a solid March if he can manage to stay healthy. Grab him now in deeper leagues now as you might be left out in the cold if he starts to heat up and the other owners in your league catch on.

2/15/2010

Pavol Demitra, RW, VAN Demitra not feeling the love

Pavol Demitra

Demitra not feeling the love

News: The Sports Xchange reports RW Pavol Demitra rejoined the Canucks in Minnesota on Valentine's Day after missing three games to return to Vancouver and check on his wife following a health scare, but he wasn't getting much love from Canucks coach Alain Vigneault. Demitra, who was just 10 games into his return from an eight-month shoulder injury before leaving the team, was dropped to the fourth line alongside stone-handed tough guys Darcy Hordichuk and Rick Rypien.
Analysis: This is hardly the role envisioned for a point-a-game forward signed to a two-year, $8-million as a skilled free-agent forward two summers ago. Head coach Alain Vigneault said it was because he liked the recent work of Tanner Glass, Kyle Wellwood and Steve Bernier on the third line. But Demitra scored his first goal and added the shootout winner in his final game before leaving after his wife was sent to hospital because of a bad reaction to prescription medication, recorded assists in each of the two previous contests, and appeared to be providing the offensive spark that third line has been missing all season. Maybe a post-Olympic break run is in Demitra's future, but it's probably best to leave him out of Fantasy lineups until he heats up.

2/12/2010

Pavol Demitra, RW, VAN

Pavol Demitra

Demitra a surprise scratch upon return

News: Canucks RW Pavol Demitra rejoined the team on Friday after being away for a few days because of a personal leave. However, he was a surprise healthy scratch against the Blue Jackets.
Analysis: Demitra was expecting to draw back in on Friday, but perhaps coach Alain Vigneault just wanted to keep the same lineup after Vancouver won on Thursday in Florida. We expect Demitra to draw back in eventually. Demitra has had a sluggish start after returning from two shoulder surgeries. He is worth stashing in deeper Fantasy formats until he hits his stride.

2/11/2010

Pavol Demitra, RW, VAN

Pavol Demitra

Demitra to meet team Friday now

News: Sportsnet.ca reports that Canucks RW Pavol Demitra (personal) will meet his teammates in Columbus on Friday and could play against the Blue Jackets that evening.
Analysis: It's taken Demitra a little while to get going following offseason shoulder surgery, but he's worth stashing away in deeper leagues for now just in case he does start to find his game after the break.

2/10/2010

Pavol Demitra, RW, VAN

Pavol Demitra

Demitra to rejoin team Thursday

News: Sportsnet.ca reports that Canucks RW Pavol Demitra will rejoin the team on Thursday but isn't expected to play against Florida.
Analysis: It's taken Demitra a little while to get going following offseason shoulder surgery, but he's worth stashing away in deeper leagues for now just in case he does start to find his game after the break.

2/9/2010

Pavol Demitra, RW, VAN Demitra likely out until at least Fri.

Pavol Demitra

Demitra likely out until at least Fri.

News: The Province reports that Canucks RW Pavol Demitra is dealing with a family health issue and isn't likely to rejoin his teammates until at least Friday at the earliest.
Analysis: Demitra scored his first goal of the season in Saturday's shootout win over the Bruins, but it's taken him a little while to get going following offseason shoulder surgery. With all four Canucks games on the road in Fantasy Week 19 (Feb. 8-14) and Demitra scheduled to play for Slovakia in the Olympics, he may not play at all in this scoring period.

2/8/2010

Pavol Demitra, RW, VAN Demitra dealing with personal matter

Pavol Demitra

Demitra dealing with personal matter

News: Sportsnet.ca reports that Canucks RW Pavol Demitra has returned to Vancouver to deal with a personal matter.
Analysis: While there has been no specific word on when he will return, Demitra will probably need a couple of days at least to deal with this problem. Vancouver play on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday in Fantasy Week 19 (Feb. 8-14), so Demitra could still get two or three games in the scoring period. Start him at your own risk in deeper formats.

2/7/2010

Pavol Demitra, RW, VAN

Pavol Demitra

Demitra scores first goal of season

News: Canucks RW Pavol Demitra scored his first goal of the season in Saturday's shootout win over the Bruins.
Analysis: Demitra has struggled since making his season debut on Jan. 16 following shoulder surgery, but maybe this goal is a sign he's ready to get back to his usual capable offensive help. We'd like to see a larger sample, so don't use him outside of the deepest leagues in Fantasy Week 19 (Feb. 8-14).

2/5/2010

Pavol Demitra, RW, VAN Demitra needs 'to get better'

Pavol Demitra

Demitra needs 'to get better'

News: The Sports Xchange reports Canucks RW Pavol Demitra was signed to a two-year, $8-million contract two summers ago to be a top-six forward and steady scoring threat. After missing nine months with double shoulder surgery, the Canucks are just hoping the slick Slovak Olympian can find enough of his old form to help their third line get back on track. Demitra did pick up his third assist in nine games on a late power play in Thursday's 3-1 loss in Ottawa, but has mostly struggled. "He needs to get better," coach Alain Vigneault said. "Obviously, he's not where he can be as a player. We're going to keep giving him ice time because we know he's a good hockey player."
Analysis: There have been signs, although fleeting, of Demitra's old form. But it doesn't help that center Kyle Wellwood, who scored his second goal in 13 games on Thursday but has no assists in that time, and Steve Bernier (one goal, one assist in 15 games) are also struggling to contribute offensively. "There's a little bit more every game," Demitra said. "My legs feel good. Maybe I will hit a little wall for a bit, but I think I am close to normal." Keep Demitra reserved in deeper leagues until he finds himself in a more favorable situation.

2/4/2010

Pavol Demitra, RW, VAN Demitra languishing on third line

Pavol Demitra

Demitra languishing on third line

News: The Province reports that Canucks RW Pavol Demitra is currently centering the third line. "Because of the salary cap, you don't see a lot of teams with three solid lines or three lines that can score goals," said Demitra. "You need to have those other lines when teams spend a lot of time checking (the Sedin) line. They do worry about the (Ryan Kesler line). But hopefully, they'll start worrying about our line, too."
Analysis: Demitra is stuck playing alongside underachieving wingers Steve Bernier and Kyle Wellwood at the moment, and the veteran's offensive production isn't likely to increase any time soon unless he gets back on a scoring unit. For now just bench Demitra in deeper leagues until he finds himself in a more favorable situation.

2/3/2010

Pavol Demitra, RW, VAN Demitra struggling since return

Pavol Demitra

Demitra struggling since return

News: Canucks RW Pavol Demitra has just two assists in eight games since returning from a pair of shoulder surgeries.
Analysis: You should always expect players to be rusty after a layoff as long as Demitra had, but how long do you give him to prove he deserves to be on your team? He didn't manage one shot on goal in his last game and hasn't been consistently featured on the power play yet. The veteran should probably be benched in the majority of leagues until he starts to show signs of life.

1/24/2010

Pavol Demitra, RW, VAN

Pavol Demitra

Demitra finally gets on the board

News: The Sports Xchange reports Canucks C Pavol Demitra recorded his first point of the season in his fourth game Saturday against the Blackhawks, making a nice pass through the crease on a rebound to set up Steve Bernier's first goal in 11 games. Demitra struggled his first three games after missing almost nine months with multiple shoulder injuries. The skilled forward, who will represent Slovakia at the Olympics next month, had one shot before adding three more on Saturday.
Analysis: Demitra is still toiling on the Canucks' third line since joining the lineup. But he could find himself moving up the depth chart as soon as he improves his conditioning and starts contributing on offense. You had to expect Demitra would be a little sluggish after missing so much time. We can only hope a stint in the Olympics will be the spark Demitra needs.

1/22/2010

Pavol Demitra, RW, VAN Demitra coming up empty since return

Pavol Demitra

Demitra coming up empty since return

News: The Sports Xchange reports Canucks C Pavol Demitra is struggling trying to find his way after missing almost nine months with multiple shoulder injuries. The skilled forward, who will represent Slovakia at the Olympics next month, has one shot and no points in three games since his return.
Analysis: Demitra is still toiling on the Canucks' third line since joining the lineup. But he could find himself moving up the depth chart as soon as he improves his conditioning and starts contributing on offense. You had to expect Demitra would be a little sluggish after missing so much time. We can only hope a stint in the Olympics will be the spark Demitra needs.

1/17/2010

Pavol Demitra, RW, VAN Demitra finally makes season debut

Pavol Demitra

Demitra finally makes season debut

News: Canucks RW Pavol Demitra, who had 53 points in 69 games last season, made his season debut Saturday after tearing up his shoulder in the second round of the playoffs, an injury that required surgery in May and again in mid-October. Demitra finished minus-1 in 14:26.
Analysis: We knew Demitra was close to returning when he was named to the Slovakian Olympic team in late December. Demitra is a viable Fantasy start when healthy, so snap him up in most leagues if he's available. It might take him a week or two to shake off the rust though, so only start him in deeper leagues for Fantasy Week 16 (Jan. 18-24).

1/4/2010

Pavol Demitra, RW, VAN Demitra back at practice Monday

Pavol Demitra

Demitra back at practice Monday

News: Sun Media reports that Canucks RW Pavol Demitra (shoulder) returned to practice on Monday. He has yet to play in a game this season after undergoing shoulder surgery in mid-May.
Analysis: It was somewhat of a surprise when Demitra was named to the Slovakian Olympic squad last week, but apparently the national team staff knew a lot more about Demitra's progress than we did. Demitra isn't likely to return in Fantasy Week 14 (Jan. 4-10), but it looks like he's going to be back on the ice very soon. That's great news for the Fantasy owners who have been stashing him away for three months, so start getting your roster ready for his insertion. Demitra can be a point-per-game threat when healthy and playing well.

12/30/2009

Pavol Demitra, RW, VAN

Pavol Demitra

Demitra shockingly makes Olympic team

News: The Sports Xchange reports Canucks RW Pavol Demitra was named to Slovakia's Olympic team even though he has yet to play in a game this season because of shoulder injury.
Analysis: Demitra has had a lot of trouble recovering from his shoulder surgery, especially regaining range of motion. It seems the Slovakia team placed him on the roster in the event he makes a speedy recovery in the next month. Demitra is hoping to return in early January, but we aren't sure if that will happen. Demitra is a viable Fantasy start when healthy, but it still could be weeks before owners can start him.

12/19/2009

Pavol Demitra, RW, VAN Demitra heads home to meet with doc

Pavol Demitra

Demitra heads home to meet with doc

News: Canucks RW Pavol Demitra, out all season with a shoulder injury that required a second surgery in mid-October, has returned to his native Slovakia to see a specialist he has worked with in the past and remains out indefinitely.
Analysis: Demitra has had some trouble with range of motion since undergoing his first surgery and it appears the recovery process from the second operation isn't going very well. Demitra was hoping to return in early January, but we aren't sure if that will happen. Demitra is a viable Fantasy start when healthy, but it still could be weeks before owners can start him.

11/30/2009

Pavol Demitra, RW, VAN

Pavol Demitra

Demitra skating on his own

News: The Sports Xchange reports Canucks forward Pavol Demitra appears to be ahead of schedule in his comeback after undergoing a second shoulder surgery early in the season following complications in his recovery from a summer operation. He has resumed skating on his own and could be back by the end of December after originally expecting to be out until February.
Analysis: The last time Demitra was preparing for his comeback, he suffered a setback and needed more surgery. While it is encouraging to see him skating, we won't get excited until we get closer to his return date. Demitra is a viable Fantasy start when healthy, but it still could be weeks before owners can start him.

10/23/2009

Pavol Demitra, RW, VAN Demitra moved to out indefinitely

Pavol Demitra

Demitra moved to out indefinitely

News: NHL.com reports Canucks RW Pavol Demitra, who has yet to play this season because of shoulder surgery, is now out indefinitely after a shoulder scope revealed complications in his range of motion. "He was going fine and in the last three weeks he hit a wall and the range of motion wasn't there," coach Alain Vigneault said. "He tried different shots and that wasn't helping him. Finally, the doctors and (Demitra) decided to go in there and find out what was wrong."
Analysis: Demitra totaled 20 goals and 53 points in 69 games with Vancouver in 2008-09, his first year with the club. Vancouver was eagerly anticipating Demitra's return in late October-early November, but now must wait an undetermined time before they get one of their top right wingers back. Demitra is more of a No. 4 Fantasy forward when healthy.