Training camps are underway, and teams are starting to sort out what they have and what they still need. Early into preseason, the Florida Panthers and Arizona Coyotes made a deal they hope will help their fate in 2017-18’s quest for the Cup.
The Panthers have sent defenceman Jason Demers to the desert in exchange for left winger Jamie McGinn.
A native of Dorval, Que., the 29-year-old Demers appeared in 81 games for the Panthers a season ago, scoring nine times and adding 19 assists. Demers was heading into the second year of a five-year, $22.5 million deal signed with the Panthers in the summer of 2016. TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun reports the Panthers will retain 12.5 per cent of Demers’ salary.
Demers has played in 504 career NHL games over eight seasons with the San Jose Sharks, Dallas Stars and Panthers.
McGinn, 29, joins his sixth organization. A veteran of nine NHL seasons, McGinn appeared in 72 games for the Coyotes last year, scoring nine times and adding eight assists.
A native of Fergus, Ont., McGinn has appeared in 522 NHL contests for the Sharks, Colorado Avalanche, Buffalo Sabres, Anaheim Ducks and Coyotes.
He has two years remaining on his current deal.
NHLFans.ca: I really don’t know what the Panthers are doing. Starting with the unceremonious dumping of Jaromir Jagr, to the odd move of leaving a 30-goal scorer (Marchessault) exposed for the expansion draft, to cleaning house behind the bench and in the front office, to thinking that Jamie McGinn is going to provide more offence than even Demers! I sincerely hope they are setting up for a major move (Duchene?) or something.
It seems like last season’s high expectations turned into such a let-down that the bar is now being buried in the sand.
As for Arizona, I believe they won this deal in spades. Demers isn’t flashy, but he outscored McGinn nine to eight, and that tells me all I need to know. For some reason, the Panthers are eating 12.5% of the cap hit Demers has, which is a reasonable $4.5 million for another three seasons. Looking at their depth chart, I’d say he slots in at the four or five position and I believe his salary is in line with players of the same role.