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Old 01-14-2013, 02:03 PM
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Canucks Ink Jim Vandermeer

Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks President & General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that the Canucks have signed defenceman Jim Vandermeer.

Vandermeer, 32, has played in 461 NHL games, recording 105 points (25-80-105) and 664 penalty minutes. The 61, 208 lbs. defenceman split the 2011.12 season with the Edmonton Oilers (2-12-14 in 62 games played) and San Jose Sharks (1-3-4 in 25 games played). In 21 playoff contests, he has registered two assists and 17 penalty minutes.

Prior to entering the NHL, the Caroline, AB, native captained the WHL Red Deer Rebels to a Memorial Cup championship in the 2000.01 season. That same year, he was awarded the Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy (Humanitarian of the Year Award).
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Old 01-14-2013, 02:05 PM
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as one of my favorite players over the past 10 years... its going to be very hard for me to root for him now.
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Old 01-14-2013, 02:23 PM
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I love this move. Gives Vancouver a solid #6 defenseman and one of the more entertaining fighters in the league. Really happy to see him sign somewhere.
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Old 01-14-2013, 02:43 PM
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one of my favorite players goes from playing for team chicago during a charity game to singing with our biggest rival. Should be fun.
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Old 01-14-2013, 02:46 PM
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Jim Vandermeer vs Cam Janssen Feb 4, 2011 -...

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Old 01-14-2013, 02:49 PM
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Couple more teams to go and he'll complete the NW Division tour of teams.
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Old 01-14-2013, 02:55 PM
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Couple more teams to go and he'll complete the NW Division tour of teams.
Yeah, I never got why players like Vandy and Asham, both solid middle/LHWs with some playing ability could never seem to find a 'home' to stay with.
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Old 01-14-2013, 03:48 PM
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Yes. finally on the right track. Now he neds some back up. And vancouver can start to ne respectful
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Old 01-14-2013, 05:01 PM
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For those asking, Jim Vandermeer's deal with Vancouver is a 1-year, 2-way deal ($600k at NHL level)
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Old 01-14-2013, 05:05 PM
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See another 2 way deal. Im glad he signed it. But common vancouver. Have some respect for the players wholl protect your superstars.
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Old 01-14-2013, 05:47 PM
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Nothing against Vandermeer because I like gritty guys, but he'll be lucky to make the team full time. There's a reason he's moved around so much.
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Old 01-14-2013, 05:50 PM
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Happy for Vandy.


He was an honest player for the Hawks, who always showed up for his mates. He will bring needed toughness to the Canucks.

Like OBZ said, still like him, but hard to root for him now.
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Old 01-14-2013, 05:54 PM
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I love Vandy in Edmonton... would rather have seem him as our 7th D, and quite frankly it stings a bit he's in Vancouver...
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Old 01-14-2013, 06:30 PM
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See another 2 way deal. Im glad he signed it. But common vancouver. Have some respect for the players wholl protect your superstars.
First thing I thought too. Gillis has low balled a couple of tough guys the past few years only willing to offer them two way contracts. No surprise he does the same thing once again.

I like Vandermeer but something tells me we will see the same Vandermeer we saw in Phoenix. The one with no interest in physicality or fighting. Largely due to coaching philosophies, IMO but nonetheless disappointing. I hope I'm wrong though.
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