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Dallas Stars swap defensemen with San Jose Sharks

The Dallas Stars traded veteran defenseman Brenden Dillon to San Jose in exchange for defenseman Jason Demers and a third-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft on Friday.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Demers set career highs last season in goals (five), assists (29) and points (34) in 75 games for San Jose. The 26-year-old has played in 300 NHL games, all with the Sharks, collecting 98 points (16 goals, 82 assists). Demers was originally selected by San Jose in the seventh round (186th overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

“Jason is coming off his most productive season in the NHL and is just entering the prime of his career,” Stars general manager Jim Nill said. “Organizationally, we were in the marketplace for a right-handed, two-way defenseman, and he will help us tremendously in finding a balance on our blueline.”

The Sharks are retaining 35 percent of Demers’ salary, a source told the San Jose Mercury News. He signed a two-year, $6.8 million contract in the off-season. The 24-year-old Dillon is on a one-year contract that is paying him $1.25 million, and he can become a restricted free agent next summer.

The 6-4, 225-pound Dillon has just one point and is a minus-2 in 20 games this season. For his career, he had 26 points (nine goals, 17 assists) and 174 penalty minutes in 149 NHL games, all with Dallas.

Spezza extension

Also on Friday, the Stars signed center Jason Spezza to a $30 million, four-year contract extension. The deal came nearly five months after the Stars acquired the high-scoring forward in a trade from Ottawa just before the start of free agency.

The 31-year-old Spezza has 18 points in his first 20 games in Dallas, with his 14 assists tops among the Stars and ninth in the NHL.

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