Earlier this week, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported that the Vancouver Canucks were among the teams interested in acquiring Florida Panthers defenceman Jason Demers.
A look at some of what's going on out there: https://t.co/eMpP6rwDr9
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) June 29, 2017
According to TSN’s Frank Seravalli, the Panthers are operating under a $65-million internal cap this season. So far, that’s meant parting with Jonathan Marchessault, Reilly Smith and Jaromir Jagr. Demers, who the Panthers left unprotected in the Expansion Draft, is next in line.
Hearing that Jason Demers, via his modified NTC, nixed a trade to Vancouver
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) July 1, 2017
One team Demers won’t join? The Canucks. According to multiple sources, Demers invoked his limited no-trade clause to nix a trade between the Panthers and Canucks which would send the 29-year-old, right-shot defender the Canucks’ way.
Demers has four years remaining on his contract a $4.5-million annually, and as the Canuck are too aware, a limited no-trade clause which allows the player to choose eight teams he is not willing to waive it to join. You can count the Canucks among those teams, apparently.