Vandermeer Hopes to Join Canucks.

Free agent defenseman Jim Vandermeer would like to know if the Vancouver Canucks might have interest in signing him.


Well-traveled Jim Vandermeer hopes to join the Canucks post-lockout.

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.


  1. Forget Derek Joslin, he’s a 5 or 6 man in the AHL at best, Mullen is a 5’10″/184 26 year old defenseman which is not what the Canucks need another soft blue liner

  2. “Where AHL prospects are” on the NHL depth chart doesn’t dismiss the fact that Vandermeer is too slow for the game.
    I saw Kevin Connauton recently and he is one tough hombre’ and his feet may never have anyone call him a blazer, but he is still a better alternative to play 12 minutes a game than Vandermeer.

  3. Agreed, forget Joslin.

    Vandermeer played quite well in the first quarter of the season for the Sharks when he was earning regular ice time, but once Braun started thriving, that was it for Vandy.