Jason Demers out for season after suffering knee injury

Nov 16, 2018, 2:37 PM | Updated: 8:53 pm
Injured Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jason Demers (55) pauses on the ice after colliding with the pos...
Injured Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jason Demers (55) pauses on the ice after colliding with the post during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Nashville Predators Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. The Coyotes defeated the Predators 2-1. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jason Demers suffered a knee injury in Thursday night’s game against the Nashville Predators and will miss the remainder of the season, reports 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s John Gambadoro.

Demers was skating in front of the Coyotes’ net when he and Kyle Turris made contact. Demers fell down and slid toward his own net and collapsed when he tried to get up. He stayed on the ground for several moments and needed help getting off the ice.

The injury is the latest in a line of injuries for Coyotes defensemen.

Thursday was only the Coyotes’ second game since blueliner Jakob Chychrun returned from injury on Tuesday in Detroit, but nonetheless, Chychrun was out with an upper-body injury. Tocchet said Chychrun is day-to-day and his injury is not serious. Meanwhile, Alex Goligoski is also day-to-day and has not played since Nov. 8 at Philadelphia.

In the wake of the Goligoski and Chychrun injuries, the Coyotes recalled defenseman Dakota Mermis from the Tucson Roadrunners on Thursday. He was a healthy scratch in Thursday’s game. On Friday, the Coyotes recalled Robbie Russo.

Demers is a 10-year NHL veteran who has played fewer than 50 games in a season only one time before. He is in his second year with Arizona and scored his first goal of the season Thursday. Last year, Demers averaged 21:08 of ice time and had six goals to go with 14 assists.

Arizona Coyotes

Arizona Coyotes general manager Bill Armstrong and assistant general manager John Ferguson (Screens...
Kellan Olson

New Coyotes assistant GM attracted to team’s vision, long-term upside

The Arizona Coyotes are in a full-fledged rebuild, and the commitment to that vision excites new assistant GM John Ferguson.
1 day ago
The NHL logo displayed behind a hockey net during intermission between the Montreal Canadiens and t...
Associated Press

NHL expects 98% of players to be vaccinated before season

The NHL estimates 98% of players will be vaccinated on the league's 32 teams across North America.
1 day ago
Executive Director of Player Personnel John Ferguson Jr. attends the 2014 NHL Entry Draft at Wells ...
Sam Graveline

Coyotes name John Ferguson assistant GM, GM of Tucson Roadrunners

Arizona Coyotes GM Bill Armstrong named John Ferguson assistant General Manager and General Manager of the Tucson Roadrunners on Wednesday.
1 day ago
Sam Graveline

Coyotes to play in ‘Kraft Hockeyville’ preseason game in El Paso

The Coyotes are heading to El Paso, Texas, to take on the Dallas Stars in a preseason game on Oct. 3 as a part of Kraft Hockeyville USA 2020.
2 days ago
Ottawa 67's Associate Coach Mario Duhamel talks to the media after Ontario Hockey League action bet...
Tom Kuebel

Coyotes add Mario Duhamel, confirm 3 others to 2021-22 coaching staff

The Coyotes announced the hiring of new assistant coach Mario Duhamel and the return three other assistant coaches.
4 days ago
Photo by
Associated Press

Tech data shows Arizona’s busy sports gambling activity

"Arizona ... had more wagered online than mature states like Michigan, Colorado and Tennessee at the FanDuel Sportsbook,” a spokesman said.
4 days ago
Jason Demers out for season after suffering knee injury