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Wild activate C Demitra from injured reserve

12/9/2006 - NHL Pavol Demitra Minnesota Wild + more

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild have gone to
a shootout in each of their last three games. They are hoping
the return of Pavol Demitra can help them resolve things in
regulation.


The Wild, who have won two straight following a four-game skid,
activated Demitra from injured reserve Saturday.


Acquired from Los Angeles in June, Demitra has missed the last
eight games with a concussion. During the center's absence,
Minnesota scored just 19 goals while posting a 3-4-1 record,
including shootout victories over Chicago and Calgary in the
last two contests.


A native of Slovakia, Demitra registered five tallies and 10
assists in 20 games this season. The 32-year-old has netted at
least 20 goals each of the last eight campaigns.


Selected in the ninth round of the 1993 draft by Ottawa, the
three-time All-Star has recorded 246 goals and 350 assists in
631 career games with the Senators, St. Louis Blues, Kings and
Wild.


To make room on the roster, Minnesota assigned right wing
Mattias Weinhandl to Houston of the American Hockey League. The
26-year-old Swede notched a goal and an assist in 12 contests
with the Wild this season.