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Demitra Thinking Offense In Vancouver

from Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun,

The slick Slovak was rookie GM Mike Gillis’s highest profile free-agent signing in July and inked a two-year deal worth $8 million.

He will be expected to fill the offensive void created by captain Markus Naslund’s departure.

Demitra is not coming off a stellar season himself. He had only 15 goals in Jacques Lemaire’s suffocating Minnesota Wild system. It was one of the reasons he opted to move on.

The Canucks, of course, have not been an offensive juggernaut since head coach Alain Vigneault’s arrival in 2006 but Demitra has put his faith in Gillis, his former agent.

“Obviously I was working with Mike Gillis for many years and I know what he’s like,” said the 33-year-old forward. “I’m hoping they’re going to try and change it here and play a little more offence.”

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