News: Pavol Demitra Signs In KHL (Updates-Now With Salary)

According to Alessandro Seren Rosso, Pavol Demitra’s contract in the KHL is similar to what he was paid last season in Vancouver, which was $4 million.

…I would love to see what sort of crazy contract the Rangers were trying to work out with him.

Update: July 16th-11:07AM:

According to Russian Newspaper Sports Express, via a tweet from Beyond the Blueshirts, Pavol Demitra had an offer from the Rangers.

But the proposal from New York is constantly changing, because they tried to climb the ceiling wage. I was proposed a very complicated contract, which prescribes various bonuses. In principle, all suit me, but representatives of the Rangers ‘unreasonably delayed the talks. But agreement with the Yaroslavl’, we reached a few minutes. I took a week to think it over, and on Thursday his signature to the contract .

…So the Rangers did make an offer and try to bring in Demitra. Good for him for not letting them dictate the pace of negotiations. A deal like the one he seemed to talk about would have seemingly been cap-friendly and similar to that of Vinny Prospal.

Update: 3:15PM: July 15th

LeBrun tweets that Demitra has signed for one season in the KHL with Yaroslavl.


Original Post: 2:50PM: July 15th:

Pierre LeBrun writes at that Demitra may be close to signing with a team from the KHL.

In the interview after the jump where Demitra talks of interest coming from the Rangers, it also says that his wife would like to have him play in the KHL.

The Rangers’ Interest In Demitra Is After The Jump.

Original Post: July 14th: 9:45AM:

According to an interview he did in his native Slovakia, Pavol Demitra says that the Rangers have been in contact with him and are in the process of negotiations.

…Thanks to IHateSather for sending this to me early this morning.

He enjoys the idea of playing once again with Marian Gaborik and says the first inkling from the Rangers came after the Olympics.

He also lists the KHL as an interesting opportunity.

…Sometimes it’s hard to believe or take these reports from overseas seriously, but this appears to come right from the man in question.

I always thought he made sense for the Rangers, but that was before Vinny Prospal was signed. For one year, it could work out very well, as the Rangers prospect who may lose a spot due to Demitra gets another year in the minors to develop. If he can work with Gaborik the way Prospal did for most of the season, it could work and allow either Prospal or Erik Christensen to play on another line and spread out of the offense.

Original Post: July 13th, 4:25PM:

Over the weekend it was rumored that Pavol Demitra had offers from the KHL, but instead wanted to come to New York to play with his pal Marian Gaborik.

Today, Pierre LeBrun of spoke to Demitra’s agent, Matt Keator, who said he’s “talking with teams in Russia and the NHL on Pavol.” He added, “With the amount of interest, we hope to have something done soon.”

Demitra, 35, had 16 points in 28 games for Vancouver last season and had 10 points in seven games at the Olympics.