Edmonton Oilers Sign Veteran Defenseman

The Edmonton Oilers have signed Jason Demers to a one-year, two-way contract. At the NHL level, he will carry a $750,000 cap hit.

Demers had been playing on an AHL contract with the Oilers' affiliate, the Bakersfield Condors. In 24 contests with the AHL squad, he has nine points. Overall, he has done fairly well, and he has earned this NHL contract because of it. 

Demers has since been placed on waivers, as the Oilers are planning to keep him in the AHL for the time being. However, this contract means that the 34-year-old can now receive a call-up to Edmonton if they want to give the Dorval native a shot this season. 

Demers has not played in the NHL since the 2020-21 season with the Arizona Coyotes. In 699 career NHL games over 12 seasons, he has 45 goals, 169 assists, and 214 points. Assuming he clears waivers, it will be intriguing to see if the Oilers eventually give him a chance on the NHL squad later this campaign.

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