The Arizona Coyotes have traded forward Jamie McGinn to the Florida Panthers for defenceman Jason Demers.
“We are very pleased to add Jason to our blue line corps,” said Coyotes general manager John Chayka. “Jason is a skilled right-handed shot defenceman who moves the puck well and has good offensive ability. He will be a great addition to our team.”
Demers, the Dorval native, has eight years of NHL experience. He was drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft and has 171 points in 504 NHL games with the Sharks, Dallas Stars and Panthers.
His best season thus far came in San Jose in 2013-2014, when he posted 34 points in 75 games.
Last season, Demers had 28 points in 81 regular season games in Florida. He had a career-high nine goals.
Demers is a mobile defenceman with quality passing skills and a good point shot, but the knock on him has been consistency. He’s not a physical blueliner, but you have to imagine the Coyotes are more interested in his potential for speed and his capacity for rushing up ice.
The Panthers will retain 12.5 percent of Demers’ salary, putting the ‘Yotes up for a cap hit of just under $4 million a season for the next four years.
McGinn is also a San Jose draft pick. He went in the second round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft and has 184 points in 522 games, including 100 goals.
The 29-year-old winger had 17 points in 72 games last season in the desert. His best career season came in 2013-2014 with the Colorado Avalanche, where he posted 38 points in 79 games. McGinn had 19 goals that season.
The Fergus native is a sound defensive forward and a hard worker. He averaged 13:10 of ice time a game last season, but injuries have been problematic throughout his career and he hasn’t been the most consistent forward. He’ll be a role player in Florida.
McGinn is signed through the 2018-2019 season to a cap hit of $3.33 million a season.