Jim Vandermeer: What He Can Bring to the Vancouver Canucks

January 4th, 2013 by Carol Schram Leave a reply »
If the NHL and the Players' Association can jump their final hurdles over the next week to agree to a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, we can finally start to think about the good stuff like, "Who will the Canucks ice as their starting lineup for the 2013 season?"

Free agent defenseman Jim Vandermeer thinks he'd be a good fit. Vandermeer's wife, Stefanie, is from Vancouver, so he's been in town throughout the lockout, skating with the Canucks at UBC and even participating in the Bieksa's Buddies charity game back in October.

In November, Vandermeer expressed enthusiasm to The Province's Ben Kuzma over the possibility of signing with the Canucks:

It would be very attractive and work out great. 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.

If the season starts soon, Vancouver has seven defensemen ready to go. Chris Tanev has been playing with the AHL Chicago Wolves, while Jason Garrison and Alex Edler have both rehabbed their injuries and wer ...

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