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[Signing] Canucks sign Jim Vandermeer


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Hopefully he can be the guy who will make forward players think twice before crashing the crease. It's been too long since we have had a nasty SOB protecting our crease.

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I don't see hitting as a problem. Edler, Bieksa, Ballard, and Garrison can all throw big hits. Whether it be standing up players or throwing a hip check here or there.

What we need is some nastiness in front of our net, and someone who's willing to keep the other team from running around.

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You have to go quite a while back to find a dman on the Canucks who will actually seek out others to fight. We have had a number of dmen who are willing to drop the gloves for a teammate, or who will drop the gloves when invited. Vandermeer is actually a relative heavyweight who will actively seek out someone to fight.

I like this signing

Garrison Edler

Hamhius Bieksa

Tanev Ballard

Alberts/Vandemeer

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I don't get this part about him not being subject to waivers? If we send him down to the Wolves, I assume he still has to clear waivers, but no re-entry? Am I missing something?

With veterans promoting the unrestricted free agent defenceman, he was signed to a one-year, two-way deal Monday for $600,000 US at the NHL level and $275,000 in the minors. The 32-year-old Caroline, Alta. native is not subject to waivers and might want to buy those vocal supporters an adult beverage or two.
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