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Sharks, Demers avoid arbitration with two-year, $6.8M deal

Jul 16, 2014, 5:01 PM EST

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Jason Demers has been rewarded for his banner campaign.

Demers, who led all Sharks defensemen with a career-high 29 assists last year, has avoided salary arbitration by inking a two-year, $6.8 million extension with San Jose, the club announced on Wednesday.

“Jason has been a solid, offensive defenseman and is coming off a good season,” Sharks GM Doug Wilson said in a statement. “His skill set and his age mesh well within our overall group and we’re happy to have him signed for two more years.”

Demers, 26, has spent his entire career in the Bay Area and is one of the club’s better success stories — a seventh-round pick at the ’08 Draft, Demers was named the Sharks’ rookie of the year in 2009-10 and has steadily grown into one of their most valuable rearguards, averaging nearly 20 minutes per game last season.

In related news, San Jose also re-upped with another RFA defenseman on Wednesday — Taylor Doherty, the team’s second-round pick (57th overall) at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Doherty, 23, has yet to make his NHL debut (spending his entire professional career with AHL Worcester), but Wilson suggested that next year could be one in which Doherty cracks the bigs.

“Taylor is a big body who has developed his game over the last several years,” said Wilson. “We look forward to watching him compete to make our club this coming season.”

  1. norcalsportsknowledge - Jul 16, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    Please tell me Pickles and Demers aren’t the top blueline???
    Pickles/Demers
    Braun/Burns
    Irwin/?,Hannan
    = Not cup contenders. Wilson’s got to go! Those guys are good for the regular season, but they aren’t gonna get it done come playoff time. Wilson doesn’t get playoff Hockey!

  2. sjsharksfan11 - Jul 16, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    This team is completely lost. Wilson is an idiot and fans are now realizing what I’ve been saying for years. Reminds me of Obama who talks a good talk but produces no results. And when there are results, they’re the worst you could expect.

  3. sharksman - Jul 16, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    well here is to a early exit in the playoffs next year “cheers”
    so the only change is no boyle and burns is a defenseman
    hey , way to make a statement

  4. sjsharks66 - Jul 16, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    Yay…………

  5. skr213 - Jul 16, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    We signed one of our solid young players to a short, relatively inexpensive contract?? Fire Wilson!!

  6. sjrulz17 - Jul 16, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    Demers is only gonna get better. Hopefully Abelthauser gets a solid look this year. He played great in Halifax and put up good numbers in the A last year.

  7. norcalsportsknowledge - Jul 16, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    I like Demers on the third line with Irwin at 2-2.5 million, but at 3.4mil and starting next to Pickles or Braun on the 1 or 2 blueline is just okay. And just okay doesn’t win the Cup!

    • jhnyr45 - Jul 17, 2014 at 9:07 AM

      the amount of money doesn’t determine how well they are gonna play/ who they have the most chemistry with. Dumb comment

  8. norcalsportsknowledge - Jul 17, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Contract does determine where management thinks the player will play. They didn’t pay him that amount with the idea he’d be playing on third line. They gave him 3.4mil a yr to be on the top line or second. But I’m saying IMO he’s a puck moving defenseman that belongs on the third line and by giving him that amount Wilson can’t afford to do anything else on the blueline. Sorry If I didn’t dumb it down enough for you.($ Does have a say in how much a player plays in all sports, hate to break it to you)

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