Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports that both Jason Demers and Michal Handzus will be tripping overseas to play hockey, joining multiple other NHL players in their trek to play in non-American markets. Brodie Brazil reports that Demers will be playing for the Finnish team Oulun Karpat; Handzus is apparently exploring the opportunity to play in Slovakia, according to The Fourth Period.
Demers played in 57 games last season, registering four goals and nine asissts. Handzus played in 67 games, registering seven goals and 17 assists. Handzus would be on the second year of a two-year contract with the Sharks; Demers was recently given a contract extension a few years ago.
The Sharks are already going to lose Logan Couture and Joe Thornton to overseas markets. Both are headed to Switzerland to play hockey for the duration of the NHL lockout. Considering that most NHL players need to get paid somehow while the lockout endures, it makes sense that they'd look overseas for an opportunity to play.
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