The San Jose Sharks were not going to wait until restricted free agency to give Jason Demers a new deal, as they took advantage of the first opportunity to sign him to an extension, giving him a 2-year deal worth $2.5 million. Demers is still working on his entry-level deal, which he signed in 2008, but will play with a little bit of added security knowing that the Sharks will want him after this deal is done.
Demers turned into a pretty good fantasy defenseman, ranking 85th among blueliners with 4 goals and 17 assists in 51 games for the Sharks. If he was able to play in more games, he would have been good for 30 to 35 points in the year, possibly getting into the top 50. I am expecting him to go fairly high and get some pretty good ice-time with the Sharks in 2010, especially with the retirement of Rob Blake.