Jason Demers doesn’t need you to remind him that he needs to be better. The Florida Panthers’ top-four defenceman was exposed in the Vegas expansion draft despite the club’s decision to protect four blueliners in June. (The Golden Knights plucked forward Jonathan Marchessault instead.) Then, on July 1, amidst the flurry of free agency’s opening, NHL insider Pierre LeBrun tweeted that Demers had nixed a trade Florida GM Dale Tallon had discussed with the rebuilding Vancouver Canucks. Such is the player’s right via the eight-team no-trade clause Demers negotiated. Demers bursts a quick laugh when asked directly about the Canucks report Tuesday at BioSteel Camp in Toronto. “I can’t really comment on that. It is what it is, and Pierre’s got his sources. He’s going to tweet his stuff. That’s between my agent and me and Dale, but I’m going to camp right now a Panther,” Demers said after an on-ice training session. “I’m going in ready for the season. I’m going to be a part of them for four more years. I have to make sure I have a way better year than last year, as a team and personally.” By all measures, the 2016-17 Panthers campaign was a calamity. Injuries to star players and turmoil in the front office conspired to unravel a hotly picked team on the rise. Two head coaches were removed in less than five months.
Jason Demers doesn’t deny nixing Canucks trade, looks forward to 2017-18
Sportsnet | Aug 22