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San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson announced on Friday that the team has acquired defenseman Brenden Dillon from the Dallas Stars in exchange for defenseman Jason Demers and a third-round selection in the 2016 NHL Draft.
Dillon, 24, has posted 26 points (nine goals, 17 assists) and 174 penalty minutes in 149 NHL games, all with Dallas. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound native of New Westminster, BC was originally signed as a free agent by Dallas on March 1, 2011.
This season, Dillon has one assist and 26 penalty minutes in 20 games with the Stars. He is fifth on the team in hits (27) and fourth in blocked shots (29).
"Brenden is a well-rounded, physical player who brings an important ingredient to our existing group of defensemen," said Wilson. "He was physically a late blooming player and we feel, at the age of 24, his game is continuing to trend upwards. He fits really well for our organization now and for the future."
Demers, 26, has played in exactly 300 NHL games, all with San Jose, collecting 98 points (16 goals, 82 assists). He was originally selected by San Jose in the seventh round (186th overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
"Jason has been an important member of our organization for the last several years, we have tremendous respect for him and we wish him the best in Dallas," added Wilson.
The Sharks and Stars face off Feb. 19 in Dallas and on April 6 in San Jose.
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