The Panthers have signed Jason Demers to a five-year deal worth $22.5 million ($4.5M AAV).
Demers was acquired mid-season in 2014-15, so 2015-16 was his first full season with the Stars. He missed 20 games, but still picked up 23 points (7G / 16A) in 62 games. He is a solid two-way defenseman who solidifies the Panthers’ second pairing and should look good as the third best defenseman on the team behind Aaron Ekblad and Keith Yandle.
Demers (upper-body) will miss an extended period of time; could miss the rest of the regular season.
Demers left Tuesday’s game after playing just 11:01 TOI and could miss the remainder of the regular season. The Stars are now down to five healthy defensemen on the roster with John Klingberg also day-to-day. Expect them to make a call-up prior to Friday’s game vs. the Blackhawks.
Demers was injured in Saturday’s game vs. the Sabres, but is expected to play on Tuesday. Demers has been solid for the Stars this season, posting 10 points (4G / 6A) in 19 games. Monitor his status in the Stars’ morning skate.
Demers was a game-time decision and was a late scratch because of an illness that forced him out of the morning skate. Consider him day-to-day and monitor his status leading up to Thursday’s game in Carolina.
Demers was acquired from the Sharks on Friday and he skated on the Stars’ second pair with Trevor Daley. “He’s a good puck-moving guy, a right-handed shot,” said Daley. “He’s a guy that can jump in to be in your top four and eat up a lot of minutes.” Daley will also man the point with Alex Goligoski on the Stars second power-play unit.
The Stars have traded Brenden Dillon to the Sharks for Jason Demers and a 2016 third round pick.
Demers, 26, has three assists and a minus-6 rating in 20 games with the Sharks. Demers addresses the Stars need for a right-handed D-man. He is just two of seven blueliners on the Stars' squad that is a righty. He is a better puck moving defenseman than Dillon, but obviously is not nearly as big.
The Sharks signed Jason Demers to a two-year deal worth $6.8 million.
The deal means that both sides will avoid an arbitration hearing for the 26-year-old blueliner, who was a restricted free agent. Last season, Demers had a career-high 34 points (5G / 29A) in 75 games. Demers was fourth amongst Sharks D-men in power-play time per game and with Dan Boyle new in New York, Demers should move up one spot in the pecking order.
Demers will miss Saturday’s game in Colorado due to illness, according to Todd McLellan.
Demers remained at the team hotel on Saturday afternoon, as the Sharks will try and isolate him from the rest of the group to try and avoid a bug going through the team with just six games remaining. Demers will fly back to San Jose with the Sharks after the Avalanche game. In 69 games, Demers has four goals and 28 assists for 32 points. He is the team’s leading scorer among defensemen. Scott Hannan, who was scratched against the Jets on Thursday, will return to the lineup.
Demers is likely to return to the Sharks’ lineup on Friday as they host Columbus in the final game before the Olympic break.
Demers has missed the last three games with a groin injury that was bothering him even before he came out after the Sharks’ loss in Calgary on January 30. “All signs point to yes,” said Demers, when asked if he was good to go, following the morning skate. Matt Irwin looks to be the odd-man out on the blue line.