Demitra: Canucks are my number one choice Staff

7/8/2008 3:31:06 PM

The last few weeks hasn't exactly been the easiest for Vancouver Canuck fans.

They've had to endure seeing free agent forward Mats Sundin spurn a $20 million contract offer, long-term Canucks like Markus Naslund and Brendan Morrison sign with other teams and former-Canuck forward Todd Bertuzzi sign with division rival the Calgary Flames.

However, some good news might finally be on the horizon in Vancouver.

In an interview with Vancouver radio station CKNW, free agent forward Pavol Demitra confirmed that the Canucks are his preferred destination and expects to sign with the team.

"I think there is a good chance," Demitra said.

"[Current Canucks GM Mike Gillis] used to be my agent for a long time. We are very good friends. I am very interested in playing for [the Canucks]."

Demitra was recently in town to visit with former teammate Geoff Courtnall, the two played together in St. Louis, and confirmed
that the Canucks fit what he is looking for in a team.

"I want to play for a team that is going to win, [one] who is going to compete for the playoffs and the Stanley Cup."

Demitra was not sure when he would sign with the Canucks, only that it could happen in the next few days or the next few weeks.

"[Signing with the Canucks] would be great," Demitra finished.