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Jason Demers is ‘chomping at the bit’ to return

May 20, 2013, 11:45 PM EDT

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The San Jose Sharks have had some luck with moving an offensive defenseman to the forward position with Brent Burns. Perhaps lightning can strike twice with Jason Demers?

Head coach Todd McLellan didn’t make that comparison after the 24-year-old skated with the forward group instead of the blueliners on Monday, but Demers does have some experience playing in that position earlier in his career. He told the team Web site that he’ll do what it takes to get back in the lineup, as long as the injured young player is physically ready.

“I feel good,” Demers said. “It’s just a question of getting back into game shape. As soon as you do a couple of shifts, especially in this kind of series, you’ll be in shape real quick. I’m just helping out wherever I can and going where they tell me to go.”

McLellan admitted that dressing seven defensemen and giving Demers the occasional forward shift is a possibility.

“It’s an option as he gets healthier and times go on,” McLellan said.

It sounds like Demers is OK with jumping through a few hoops if it means getting into this series.

“It’s a great series right now,” Demers said. “We could easily be up 2-1. It could easily be the other way around, for sure, but it’s been a great series, good rivalry. Both teams are playing great, at a top level. Just watching from the stands, you’re anxious to get out on the ice. For sure, I’m chomping at the bit a little bit.”


  1. blomfeld - May 21, 2013 at 12:24 AM


    Well ‘PSST’ say we Kings’ fans, who by the way, Bloomberg Sports only yesterday ranked as the number ‘one’ fan base in all of North American ‘pro’ sports in terms of class. So while my hat is tipped to you Sharks for the number you did on the Vancouver Brassieres, you people nonetheless ‘today’ represent the enemy and therefore you shall be dealt with accordingly, God willing …

    Going out on a bit of a limb here, but I say Kings in five ! :)

    GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!

    • sjsharks86 - May 21, 2013 at 2:18 AM

      You’re delusional dude, Sharks are the better team. Just relax man, it’ll all be over soon (cheers on a great series though).

  2. sjsharks66 - May 21, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    Skeptical about Demers returning but he skates hard and throws his body around. That could help the sharks out.

    I still think it is funny that Demers is afraid of sharks. Haha

  3. 19inarow - May 21, 2013 at 3:04 AM

    The expression is, “Champing at the bit,” after a horse that is so eager for the gate to come up, that he champs at the bit in his mouth.

    • jpelle82 - May 21, 2013 at 10:06 AM

      yep, nothing to do with sharks…unless you could wrangle one and put a bit in its mouth. what a ride that would be

  4. loyallakingsfan35yrs - May 21, 2013 at 3:27 AM

    Clifford is good for game 4! Go kings Go

  5. sjsharks66 - May 21, 2013 at 7:30 AM

    Now clifford really is “just a 4th liner” and will be injured half way through game 4. He is as injury prone as Havlat.

  6. dannymac17 - May 21, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    i never understood why people say things like this:

    “We could easily be up 2-1. It could easily be the other way around”

    you could, but you aren’t.

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