Free agent defenseman Jim Vandermeer would like to know if the Vancouver Canucks might have interest in signing him.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Ben Kuzma reports UFA blueliner Jim Vandermeer “would like to learn that the Canucks believe the well-travelled blueliner is the right replacement for the departed Aaron Rome” when the lockout ends. Vandermeer is willing to be an affordable depth defenseman for a Stanley Cup contender, and there was some discussion between his agent and Canucks management before the lockout. Kuzma warns, however, that doesn’t mean the Canucks might lean his way, noting Kevin Connauton, Derek Joslin and Patrick Mullen are currently playing with the Canucks AHL team. With Alexander Edler and Jason Garrison still nursing injuries, however, Kuzma suggests there’s always room for depth.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The 32-year-old Vandermeer would bring toughness and experience at an affordable price for the Canucks, but that’ll depend upon the health of Edler and Garrison, as well as the performance of defensemen currently within their farm system. It’ll also depend upon whether or not there’s a season.