|2017 Season||July 1st Status|
|Jason Demers||D||29||81||9||28||4||$3.94 mil|
|Jamie McGinn||F||29||72||9||17||2||$3.33 mil|
A training camp deal was swung on Sunday and it saw the Florida Panthers ship defenseman Jason Demers to the desert, while the Coyotes send the underachieving forward, Jamie McGinn, to the Panthers.
The rumours of Demers being up on the market have been floating around for the better part of the summer and the move was finally done, as the Coyotes add a very respectable veteran defenseman, who carries a good bit of offensive upside to his game, as well as a general steadiness in his own end. With the growing blueline depth in Florida, the Panthers could certainly part ways with an above-average sized contract and Demers could probably find a lot more ice-time in the desert as well.
For the Panthers, they add a little bit more grit with the power forward that is McGinn. McGinn has been bouncing around a little bit over the last few seasons and wasn't quite the fit that the Coyotes were hoping for, when they signed him to a 3-year deal out of unrestricted free agency. In Florida, he won't be relied upon as heavily to carry their offense, which could work in his favour for a bounce back year.
In terms of projections, this was a deal that saw two 25-point players swapping sides and in doing so, each of them may have found a quick gain of a 5-point bracket, moving to the 30-point range each. Demers will certainly fill a gap left behind by the injured sophomore defender, Jakob Chychrun, while the hole left behind by McGinn opens up a job for one of the many Coyotes prospects vying for a job this winter as well.
Adding a regular forward to the Panthers ranks does take a job away from one of their prospects leading into the season and it should also solidify the team's top nine and depending on how they line up, McGinn's new linemates might get a little bit better too.