In 81 games last season with the Panthers, Demers recorded 9 goals and 19 assists.
During the offseason, the Coyotes lost defenseman Jakob Chychrun to a knee injury that will keep him out for at least the start of this season. Though he does not replace Chychrun, the addition of Demers helps stabilize Arizona’s defense with him out. For now, Demers will likely play along side Alex Goligoski on the second pairing.
The Panthers also retained 12.5% of Demers’ $4.5M salary, leaving him a cap hit of $3,937,500 via CapFriendly.