A pair of defencemen switched places on Friday afternoon when the Dallas Stars shipped Brenden Dillon to the San Jose Sharks for Jason Demers. The Stars will also receive a third-round draft pick in 2016.
Dillon, 24, is in his third NHL campaign. He has an assist in 20 games played and is averaging close to 21 minutes a night in ice-time. Dillon is making $1.25 million this season and will be a restricted free agent at year's end. The New Westminster, BC native was signed as an undrafted free agent out of the WHL's Seattle Thunderbirds.
A sixth-year NHLer, Demers has three assists this season also in 20 games played. Demers is in the first year of a two-year deal worth $6.8 million. Demers, a native of Dorval, Quebec, played his junior hockey with Moncton of the QMJHL before being taken in the seventh round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Sharks.