The Florida Panthers have sent defenseman Jason Demers to the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for left winger Jamie McGinn. Florida will retain 12.5% ($562,500) of Demers' salary over the next four seasons.
“Jamie brings size, skill and grit to our lineup and makes us a tougher team to play against,” said General Manager Dale Tallon. “He’s played in over 500 NHL games and possesses a strong game on both sides of the puck. Jamie will be a welcome addition to our club as we move forward through training camp and into the season.”
The 29-year-old McGinn, 29, recorded 17 points (9-G/8A) in 72 games with the Coyotes during the 2016-17 season. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound native of Fergus, Ontario, was originally selected by San Jose Sharks in the second round (36th overall) of the 2006 NHL Draft and has amassed 184 points (100G/84A) in 522 NHL games for Arizona (2016-17), Anaheim (2016), Buffalo (2015-16), Colorado (2012-2015) and San Jose (2008-12).
Jason Demers stint in Sunrise lasted just one season after the defenseman signed a five-year deal with the Panthers last summer.
The 29-year-old blueliner played in 81 games during the 2016-17 campaign and produced 9 goals and 28 points.
Demers nixed a deal earlier in the offseason which would have sent him to the Vancouver Canucks. Apparently he found Arizona to be more to his liking.