Pavol Demitra Out A Month
Total Pro Sports – What do you get when you include 2 hockey players in a math equation?
Mats Sundin – Pavol Demitra (Getting Injured)
= Mats Sundin playing for the Vancouver Canucks, at 2 years $20 million we have no clue why he did not jump on this when it was first offered.
On the same day Mats Sundin’s training regimen for a possible return to the NHL was announced, the rehab regimen for Pavol Demitra was also revealed.
How is that for irony?
Demitra will be sidelined indefinitely after an MRI on Wednesday revealed rib damage he suffered Sunday in Chicago could sideline the Vancouver Canucks centre for at least a month.
The injury further magnifies the pursuit of Sundin, who has an adjustable two-year, $20-million-US offer from the Canucks, and several other serious suitors.
Demitra was hurt late in the second period a 4-2 loss to the Blackhawks and was in considerable pain. He even had trouble getting out of bed, so Thursday’s announcement wasn’t surprising.
“The first [MRI] results back is that he’s got a fractured cartilage in his eighth rib,” said Canucks coach Alain Vigneault. “He’s going to see a specialist [today] and right now we’re looking at three to four weeks.”
Demitra, 33, played just 11:25 against the Blackhawks and had a goal before leaving on what seemed like a harmless play.
“I was just reaching for a puck and all of a sudden I felt an unbelievable pain in my side,” said Demitra. “I’ve never had anything like this.”
Demitra has three points [2-1] in six games and is a minus-2. He signed a two-year, $8 million US deal and was to be the catalyst to power a second line with Mason Raymond and Taylor Pyatt. But that has all now changed.
The loss of the Demitra also means more playing time for the recalled Kyle Wellwood and Jason Krog — especially on the 29th-ranked power play that has been revamped — and more pressure for the veteran core to produce.
Meanwhile, winger Darcy Hordichuk has recovered from a slight left knee strain suffered Sunday and should play Saturday against the Edmonton Oilers. He will wear a brace because he also injured the knee last season with Nashville.
Defenceman Sami Salo skated on his own Thursday and is listed as day-to-day with a groin strain.
He took the morning skate in Chicago but didn’t play. Forward Rick Rypien remains sidelined with a virus.