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11-25-2012, 10:53 PM
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Demitra has never played center in his time with the Wild......
It would look something like Demitra-Belanger-Gaborik.
He certainly did play center for some brief stints, because Riser refused to bring in any help for the center position. When Walz suddenly retired in the fall of 2007, Demitra had to fill in a few times at center. That's when things started to get a little rocky, because Demitra wasn't happy about playing that position. There's an article at the top of the search results
referring to how he was being shifted around, but it's archived.
another game summary about Demo coming back from injury.
Playing out of his natural position, Demitra centered the Wild's No. 1 line, with Aaron Voros (two assists) and Marian Gaborik (one goal) as his wing-men.
The Walz incident, numerous injuries, and Riser relying on a guy like Sheppard...these things forced Demitra to sometimes be thrown in that spot. It wasn't pretty.
Now as for Gabby coming back to the Wild? Nope. That ship has sailed. Don't want to go there. And that's not meant as an insult towards Gabby in any way. Could we use a sniper like that? Heck yeah. Does he still have the talent? You bet! But we've got the prospect cupboard full for once, and a roster that is starting to take some shape. We don't need to start retracing our steps. What's done is done. I wish the guy the best, but his days in Wild colors need to stay in the past. He may not be that old, but he's starting to get to a point where he needs to be with a team that not just has a chance to make the playoffs, but is also a Cup contender. The Wild aren't there yet. They've got to get back to the playoffs first.
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