The San Jose Sharks have finally come to an agreement with the remaining restricted free agent that everyone expected to stay in teal, Jason Demers. General manager Doug Wilson announced Wednesday that Demers signed a two-year, $6.8 million contract.
Demers expressed his excitement via Twitter earlier today:
— jason demers (@jasondemers5) July 16, 2014
It’s great to see Demers coming back and it was expected by everyone that an agreement would be made. Demers would have faced a salary arbitration hearing on July 22 had these terms not been agreed upon. The agreement also gives Demers a bumb in pay, as last year he only received $1.5. After his two years, he will face unrestricted free agency unless another extension is given.
During the 2013-14 campaign, he had a 54.9 Corsi for percentage. He was a key component for the Sharks both on the power play and on the penalty kill, blocking 100 shots over the course of the season. Demers had a career high 34 points over the course of 75 regular season games played.
Demers will likely see more ice time in the coming season with Dan Boyle no longer with the club. He has been a top four blueliner and the position will only increase moving forward. Wilson also mentioned he is looking forward to having Demers remain with the Sharks. “Jason has been a solid, offensive defenseman and is coming off a good season,” he said. “His skill set and his age mesh well within our overall group and we’re happy to have him signed for two more years.”
Hopefully his skills will only increase on the plus-14 rating he received last year and benefit the Sharks during their rebuilding phase.
I can say without a doubt that the majority of fans agree with the following:
— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) July 16, 2014