Canucks continue to add defensemen, sign Vandermeer

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For the second straight day, the Vancouver Canucks have signed a veteran NHL defenseman.

On Monday, the club announced it had agreed to terms with Jim Vandermeer — roughly 24 hours after inking Cam Barker to a one-year, $700,000 deal.

Vandermeer’s deal is a one-year, two-way contract with a $600,000 salary/cap hit at the NHL level.

The 32-year-old has played in 461 career NHL games and split last season between Edmonton (2G-12A-14PTS in 62 games played) and San Jose (1G-3A-4PTS in 25 games played).

Barker and Vandermeer have plenty in common. Both have played for both the Oilers and Blackhawks — in fact, the two were teammates in Chicago during the 2007-08 season.

With these moves, the Canucks now have 10 defensemen under contract (Kevin Bieksa, Jason Garrison, Dan Hamhuis, Alex Edler, Keith Ballard, Andrew Alberts, Chris Tanev, Derek Joslin, Barker, Vandermeer.)