Former Vancouver Canucks forward Pavol Demitra has signed a contract with Yaroslavl of the KHL, ESPN is reporting.
The 35-year-old Slovakian player may not suit up for another NHL team in his career, so his tenure with the Canucks may go down as his last stop in the National Hockey League. The deal with Yaroslavl is for one year.
Demitra spent the last two seasons with the Canucks. He struggled last season but managed 53 points in 2008-2009. Throughout his career in the NHL, Demitra skated for Ottawa, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Minnesota, and Vancouver. He managed 304 goals and 464 helpers.
Demitra may not have endured himself to Canucks fans over the least year, but he sure showed his stuff when he suited up for Slovakia in the Olympics. He was a dominant player, skating like a man possessed and showing passion and drive with every shift.
Health issues were almost constant, too, and Demitra never seemed to be a player who reached his full potential with any single club.
In any event, Demitra belongs to the KHL now. Here’s hoping he regains some of his passion for the game and makes an impact for Yaroslavl in some capacity.
Posted by Jordan Richardson.