January 15, 2018 | 11:09am ET
DEMERS COULD BE TRADED BY DEADLINE
Jason Demers, defenceman
The Arizona Coyotes are believed to be looking to trade defenceman Jason Demers, sources close to the organization have told TFP.
Demers, 29, has three-years left on his contract. The Coyotes acquired him on Sept. 17, 2017 in exchange for forward Jamie McGinn.
He comes with a $3.9375 million salary cap hit, though his overall cap hit is $4.5 million – the Panthers retained $562,500 of his salary as part of trading him to Arizona.
The native of Dorval, Quebec, also owns an eight-team no-trade list and will have a slight say in where he ends up, if traded.
The “open for business” sign appears to be lit bright in Glendale, as the Coyotes are reportedly willing to entertain calls for a number of their players. In addition to Demers, defencemen Niklas Hjalmarsson, Luke Schenn and Kevin Connauton are believed to be available, for the right price, along with forwards Brad Richarson and Tobias Rieder.
Coyotes blueliner Oliver Ekman-Larsson will generate significant trade interest leading up to the Feb. 26 trade deadline, as the Ottawa Sun reports the Toronto Maple Leafs, New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia Flyers are among the teams interested.
The Sun notes the price tag is “extremely high,” and may cost a first-round draft pick and two roster players. Coyotes GM John Chayka has said earlier in the season he had no intention of trading Ekman-Larsson, a decision that may have changed, given the team’s position in the standings and some recent no-so confident comments from the player himself.