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Sharks acquire Dillon from Stars
San Jose ships Jason Demers to Dallas along with draft pick
11/21/14 - By Mike Lee -

The change took five months to get started, but GM Doug Wilson is finally taking action to solve some of his team's ills. Wilson shipped defenseman Jason Demers to the Dallas Stars along with a 3rd round draft pick in 2016, in exchange for defenseman Brenden Dillon. The move provided the Stars with a right-handed shot, and the Sharks get the left-handed defenseman that they desperately need.

Dillon and his $1.25 million contract will save the Sharks some money, although it's believed that they will pick up 35% of Demers contract. San Jose signed Demers to a 2-year $6.8 million contract last summer.

"Brenden is a well-rounded, physical player who brings an important ingredient to our existing group of defensemen," Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement. "He was physically a late blooming player and we feel, at the age of 24, his game is continuing to trend upwards. He fits really well for our organization now and for the future."

Demers 6 year stint as property of the Sharks ends with 300 NHL games under his belt, having scored 16 goals and adding 82 assists over parts of 5 seasons.

He was the 186th overall pick by San Jose in the 2008 NHL Draft.

Dillon has played in 149 games over 4 seasons for Dallas, scoring 9 goals and 17 assists. What San Jose loses in the puck moving Demers, they gain in defensive prowess. Much of San Jose's problems this season have been attributed to a porous defense that has not clamped down on opposing teams.

"There's been a lot of talk about our back end. We've got to get better and lot of what we've been talking about is lefties and righties," said Stars GM Jim Nill. "It was an opportunity for both San Jose and us. We were looking for a righty and they were looking for a lefty. We had to sit down and figure some things out and we figured these two players were a good fit. Jason is a good young player. He's only two years older than Brenden, so we are not losing anything on age. We are getting a right-shot. He's a good puck mover. As we've seen with Klingberg, we've got to get our back end more mobile, moving pucks better. I think Jason is going to help us do that."

Dillon signed with Dallas as an undrafted free agent in. Last year was his first full season in the NHL, playing in 80 games.


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