No. I think we are seeing the decline of his career here. He just doesn`t have the game anymore to be a consistent top 6 skill player in the NHL. I suppose if he is willing to come back for a steal at the end of the year he is worth a look. But god willing, we will have someone on the team pushing for his spot.
He's a tool. Needs to be with great players (Sundin) to take players away from him because he's too soft and lazy to do it himself. When he does have the room he's got some amazing passes all around the ice and a very accurate shot.
Love him. He's oft. injured, but when he's on his game he's on. He produced nearly identical numbers this year as he did in Minny the year before, with more goals. He's part of the reason Kesler broke out... and he's got a good shot when he's using it. Wouldn't mind re-upping him for the same $ amount Sammy's got.
I HATE when he walks over the blue line and a rush and takes a shot from 55+ feet with NO traffic or anything. It's the #1 sign a team doesn't have confindence when they start doing that and this guy does it on a regular basis.
He's alright - can't carry a line, but at $4m for a 33 year old I don't think you should be expecting that. Slightly overpaid I'd say, I expect he'll be a whipping boy here in Vancouver this year.
If I had my druthers we'd ship him out for whatever we could get and spend a bit more money on a guy who might be more worth the cap hit than he is, but that's probably dirty pool and if we want to be able to attract UFAs might not be such a good idea.
That being said, if you accept that he'll be around next year he's a capable scoring line player who adds some polish to a line with a more "workmanlike" player in Kesler. Doesn't look out of place with the Sedins either.
I'm rather "meh" about Demitra, he's not bad when he's in the lineup but he seems to disappear a lot...especially in physical games. I like that he's versatile and can play wing or center and that he seems like a good team guy. I don't like how fragile he is.
Basically he's ok but I wouldn't have any issues with trying to replace him with a more physical, more durable top 6 player if one were to become available.
He gets a really bad rap, mostly for his playoff performance. But really, we were 5-1 with him in the lineup, 1-3 without. Hm.
Demitra is inconsistent, for sure. He has stretches where he's on fire, and stretches where he's nearly invisible. He doesn't often hurt the team when he's on the ice, though, and he's good for about 15-25 goals, 50-60 points in a year. He's a good guy in the dressing room, too.
That said, I think that when his contract is up it'll be time to give some of the younger guys like Grabner a shot. At this stage, Demitra is sort of a "hired gun".
I think ever since Anson Carter, Canucks fans have been expecting something like 30 goals and 60 points out of every free agent acquisition who makes more than a million dollars.
20+ goals and 55+pts for $4M? No thanks!
In all seriousness, $4M is the price for 20+goals and 55+points. With that in mind, I think Demitra played to expectations last season. He missed some games due to injury, was a streaky scorer, but was ultimately productive. On the one hand, you could have gotten a better return for $4M. On the other hand, the Canucks were not as good without Demitra's playmaking. And for what it's worth, Demitra started off playing with Pyatt and Raymond on the second line. For all their talents, Raymond and Pyatt combined for 21 goals last season despite playing about 70 games each.
Demitra is a solid complementary player on the second line. Slightly overpaid like others have said, but with just one more year on his contract, should be decent value.
I thought that he was good for most of the year. Its not his job to lead the offence, he was brought in to be a secondary scorer and provide some veteran leadership, I though that he filled that role at a reasonable price. I don't see how he was overpaid, he is in the Sykora/Naslund/Comrie/Lang/Fedorov range, did any of those players outpreform him?
That said, I don't think that he should be brought back after this year, that should be Grabners spot by then