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[Article] Jim Vandermeer a fit with the Canucks?

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VANCOUVER — Jim Vandermeer was making final wedding plans in Vancouver three years ago when he learned of his trade from Calgary to Phoenix. When the NHL lockout ends, the unrestricted free agent defenceman would like to learn the Canucks believe the well-travelled blueliner is the right replacement for the departed Aaron Rome.

Judging by how Vandermeer warmed to the prospect of being a depth blueliner at a reasonable salary in order to play for a Stanley Cup contender, the $1 million US he earned last season in a one-year deal with San Jose could attract some local attention. There was a pre-lockout discussion between Vandermeer’s agent Brad Devine and the Canucks, but that doesn’t mean the Presidents’ Trophy winners would necessarily lean his way should a shortened season commence next month.

Kevin Connauton, Derek Joslin and Patrick Mullen are skating with the Chicago Wolves and may merit roster consideration on the back end with the loss of the skilled Sami Salo. So would unsigned AHL blueliners. The Canucks may also take a defenceman back in an eventual Roberto Luongo trade package, too, so different dynamics could play out. Vandermeer hopes the experience and toughness he brings will play out in his favour.

“It would be very attractive and work out great,” Vandermeer said Monday after skating with NHL peers and the Thunderbirds at UBC. “We’ve talked a little bit to Vancouver when we could and it was the same as when we talked to other teams. We picked the ones who would have a need for a guy like me. Hopefully, when we start talking they [Canucks] feel the same way.”

The Canucks are set with the pairings of Kevin Bieksa-Dan Hamhuis, Alex Edler-Jason Garrison, Keith Ballard-Chris Tanev and Andrew Alberts as the seventh defenceman. However, with Edler and Garrison nursing back and groin injuries respectively, there’s always the need for depth and that’s where the 32-year-old Vandermeer believes his stay-at-home game and physical play are of value. The Canucks could land a 10-year veteran in their narrowing window to win it all and the 22-year-old Connauton, who has an offensive upside but needs to play better in his own zone, would get another year to mature.

“One of the big reasons I went to San Jose was they’re right on the edge and I thought I might be a guy to help push them, but we fell short last year,” added the 6-foot-1, 214 pound Vandermeer. “The Canucks have been consistently good for a long time with the parity in the league where a power play or a blocked shot might turn the whole game around.”

Vandermeer missed 20 games last season with a broken hand after blocking a shot and played just 25 games. His 25 career goals and 105 points in 461 games with six teams are overshadowed by 664 penalty minutes. The Canucks could use that toughness, especially in the postseason. And if Vandermeer is willing to accept a one-year deal at a reasonable rate that is salary cap friendly, the Canucks will have to at least kick the tires on the Caroline, Alta, native.

“Who wouldn’t want more than a one-year deal?,” asked Vandermeer. “But sometimes, that’s just the way it is and you just work hard and play hard so they want to bring you back. I like to think I can play all aspects of the game. I can be a little offensive and be good defensively and stand up for the guys.

“I try to make it harder on the other team’s top-end guys and whoever needs a guy like that, I’ll be ready.”

Whether it’s the Canucks or not, remains to be seen. They have options. So does Vandermeer.

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Definetly wouldn't mind Vandermeer. I'd give him a PTO just to see how he does first.

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I'd give him a shot, worst thing that could happen is it doesn't work out and you deal him for peanuts/let him go through waivers/let him play in Chicago.

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Definetly wouldn't mind Vandermeer. I'd give him a PTO just to see how he does first.

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I didnt even read the article but my answer is yes!

Instant upgrade on Rome or Albert and add much needed toughness in our defencemen.

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I didnt even read the article but my answer is yes!

Instant upgrade on Rome or Albert and add much needed toughness in our defencemen.

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Might not be the toughest, but he certainly has the technique down.

Plus he's always willing to drop 'em.

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I didnt even read the article but my answer is yes!

Instant upgrade on Rome or Albert and add much needed toughness in our defencemen.

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sure, but I don't see how he's much different from all those other guys who play physical depth roles

(PTO sounds fine but these guys are kind of a dime a dozen)

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This man is one tough SOB and would be a good 7th d-man. He would be a good add IMO, but definitely give him a PTO to see how he fits with the team.

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I think Rome was a better player but JV brings toughness that we could definitely use. I'd be open to switching up Alberts for him to see if he can provide more edge.. I still think in hindsight Shane obrien would have been more helpful in our cup run because he plays with more of an edge than Alberts.

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For sure, would like a PTO first but if he doesn't accept I would be fine a bringing him in on a 1 year, one-way deal for less than 1 Mill.

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I personally think he brings more to the table than Alberts

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I think Rome was a better player but JV brings toughness that we could definitely use. I'd be open to switching up Alberts for him to see if he can provide more edge.. I still think in hindsight Shane obrien would have been more helpful in our cup run because he plays with more of an edge than Alberts.

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