On Wednesday, the San Jose Sharks took care of their last major restricted free agent, signing defenseman Jason Demers to a 2-year, $6.8 million deal.
Demers was a productive blueliner in the 2014 season, scoring 5 goals and 34 points in 75 games for the club, ranking 37th among all defensemen in scoring and should be a mid-to-late round pick-up for a hockey pool team this Fall.
The Sharks should have a decent blueline again in the 2015 season, with their top six already locked in. Brent Burns is going to move back to the point, while Marc-Edouard Vlasic should be good to eat up a ton of minutes. The planned departure of Dan Boyle has still left a hole, but the team is likely looking at some more youth to fill that gap, possibly in the form of prospect Mirco Mueller or recent free agent signing, Taylor Fedun.
The Sharks are not in bad shape, having 20 players now on their projected roster and they still have $9.6 million left to spend to the cap ceiling. If any of those trade rumours for Joe Thornton or Patrick Marleau are true, there is a good chance that those numbers improve.