Sharks defenseman Jason Demers has been out of the lineup since April 18 with a sprained left ankle, but he could return to the ice for Tuesday’s Game 4 against the Kings.
Demers says he’s ready to play, but the ultimate decision is with the coaching staff. If he is inserted back into the lineup, it may be at forward, with Adam Burish still unable to play, Raffi Torres suspended and Martin Havlat once again back on the injured list after failing to make it through Game 3.
“I’ll go in wherever they want me to right now,” said Demers, who also practiced on defense Monday.
Demers’ experience at forward goes back to the 2009-10 campaign when he played up front towards the end of the season and the first round of the playoffs. Here’s Todd McLellan talking about the possibility of doing that again, and as per usual, he’s not tipping his hand:
“We were preparing in case we would like to use that option. If we dress seven, we may move somebody up to play some shifts,” said McLellan, who face the challenge of replacing the once-again injured Marty Havlat. “It’s an option as he (Demers) gets healthier, and times go on.”