Trade: Demers to Dallas

On Friday, Jason Demers dressed for the 11am practice, but was called off the ice before things got started.  About 90 minutes later, it was announced he’d been traded.

The San Jose Sharks traded D Jason Demers, a 2016 3rd round draft pick, retaining 35% of the contract value (through 2015-16), to the Dallas Stars for D Brendan Dillon (RFA next summer).

Each is expected to be in his new team’s line up Saturday (both wearing jersey #4).

While a fan favorite, Jason Demers was not the impactful defenseman that had fans and pundits clamoring he was an untouchable.

Dillon brings a physicality that Demers could never bring.  And as he was a late bloomer, has developed other skills and abilities to make his presence felt on the ice.

I’ll miss Jason (Daddy), but look forward to see what Brendan can bring to the Sharks line up.

But this is not the end.  GM Doug Wilson looks to improve his team daily (until the trade deadline).  And with Mike Brown skating, a roster spot will need to be opened to activate him from the IR, so I’m expecting more changes to come.  (And Raffi Torres has returned to San Jose, so there’s a second forward spot to be opened up in a few weeks.)  Some of the more recent healthy scratches (like Burish) could be the next out of town.

Read more:

SJ Sharks

San Jose Mercury News


Gackle Report

SBN: Fear the Fin

Hockey Buzz – SJ: BREAKING: Demers Traded; Is it Panic Time?

Dallas Stars

Dallas Morning News

SBN: Defending Big D

AP: Sharks trade Demers to Dallas for defenseman Dillon


CBS Sports: Stars trade Brenden Dillon to Sharks for Jason Demers, draft pick

Spector’s Hockey

USA Today

Sporting News