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(Signing) Canucks sign Cam Barker, 1 yr - $700 K

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In Chicago, Barker was good on the PP and because of his large size had a good ability to keep the puck in the zone... something I would like to see when the Canucks have only 1 defenseman on the point in one of their set ups.

He'll have to work for a chance to play on the PP, but Rome got his chance last year, so you never know.

Barker - Edler with Kesler in front of the net intrigues me, especially with Barker's AHL stats - 66 shots in 23 games, lots of pucks at the net between the two and Kes doing the dirty work..

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Gillis on Barker: He's been injured past few years, we think there's upside. We want to give opportunity to reinvent his career

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Must be more deals or waiver pick up or signing left. GilmAn says in the team 1040 that there were " multiple transactions" being looked at. Gotta think Gilman has not finished yet

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Some defensive depth with potential to jump up @ 700k? Not much to not like about this signing.

Welcome to the Canucks, Cam Barker!

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Even in Edmonton where has "sh*tting the bed" he still had 35 shots in 25 games, probably without any confidence. He likes to shoot the puck.

MAG, Rome, Ballard, Alberts and Tanev - all of the Canucks' depth guys last year took less than a shot per game. Now the Canucks have a depth defenseman who likes to shoot. I like that.

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I've read multiple scouting reports that say he is slow as molasses, lacks defensive awareness, plays with zero intensity, doesn't hit or block shots.

The fact we signed him shows how bad Connauton, Joslin and Sauve have played this year. It would have been nice if we picked up Matheson, he and Tanev played awesome together. I miss the Moose (we used to always sign their players).

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If he's useless, he's signed for under 900,000 and will be sent to the Wolves and not counted towards the cap.

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Gillis on Barker: He's been injured past few years, we think there's upside. We want to give opportunity to reinvent his career

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Good low-risk move for a depth d-man.

I don't know much about Barker but he's got a decent shot from what I could remember.

Luongo flat out robbed him here:

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he was brutal on the oilers. seriously he was. he was so slow and turned over the puck so much. not sure whythe canucks signed him tbh. they could have got someone more solid..........

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If his substance abuse problems are under control (which I suspect that due to the Canucks signing him right out of his PTO on day 1 of camp, I like this signing. If I remember correctly, Chris Higgins was another draft bust who partied a little too hard before he came to Vancouver. There's always the possibility he turns it around like Chris did.

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Sorry guys not too familiar with Cam. What kind of defender is he? How old? How big? Right or lefty? All I know is that he was drafted pretty high, or was pretty high when he was drafted..

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