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Demitra not given qualifying offer

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues are parting ways with Pavol Demitra, a regular-season star but postseason disappointment.

The Blues declined to make a $6.5 million qualifying offer to
Demitra, allowing the 29-year-old forward to become a free agent
Thursday.

"I think this is something that as an organization, we've been
unhappy with our team's performance," general manager Larry Pleau
said. "We're not blaming him, but at the same time, our payroll is
going to roll back a little bit. We had to make a tough decision."

In 494 regular-season games over eight seasons, all in St.
Louis, Demitra has 493 points -- 204 goals and 289 assists. He is
fifth on the team's career points and assists lists.

But Demitra has struggled in the playoffs. In 66 career
postseason games, Demitra has 18 goals and 25 assists. He scored
one goal and had no assists when the Blues were eliminated in the
first round this past season by the San Jose Sharks.