San Jose defenseman Jason Demers will be out for a undetermined length of time with a sprained left ankle, CSN Bay Area’s Kevin Kurz reports.
Demers, 24, hurt his foot on Apr. 18 against Minnesota and didn’t play during Sunday’s 4-3 loss to Columbus.
He was seen in a walking boot and head coach Todd McLellan said the club had already ruled Demers out for tonight’s game against Dallas and Wednesday’s game in Phoenix.
Demers missed the first seven games of the season with wrist injury suffered in Europe during the lockout, then missed four more in late March with a head injury.
When healthy, he has been a presence on San Jose’s back end.
He has 1G-2A-3PTS in 22 games this season, averaging 18:38 TOI per game and 1:18 in shorthanded ice time.
As for who’ll fill in?
Veteran Scott Hannan appears to be the first choice. Acquired at the trade deadline from Nashville, he played in just his second game as a Shark on Sunday against Columbus, but went minus-2 in 19 minutes of action.
McLellan could turn to rookie blueliner Matt Tennyson, though he’s only appeared in three games all season.