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Yes, really: Canucks sign Cam Barker to one-year, $700K deal

Jan 13, 2013, 1:35 PM EDT

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The strange travels of former third overall pick Cam Barker will take another turn.’s Pierre LeBrun reports the Vancouver Canucks will sign Barker to a one-year, $700,000 deal.

Barker spent the last few weeks of the lockout skating in Vancouver and recently received an invitation to Canucks camp. He was released by the AHL Texas Stars in December after a 25-game tryout.

Barker was Chicago’s first-round pick, third overall, in 2004 and spent four-and-a-half years with the Blackhawks before being traded to the Minnesota Wild.

Since then, his career has taken a downward slide — going from the Wild to Edmonton, then to the AHL during lockout.

The Canucks hope there’s something more to his game and that he can provide solid depth on the blue line . Coach Alain Vigneault tells Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province they’re hoping Barker can turn things around the same way Chris Higgins did there.

That might be asking a lot.

  1. rsl22 - Jan 13, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    I remember the 2004 draft and three guys that were all rated very highly in everyone’s mock drafts. I would have been happy with any of those three at the time. OV and Malkin have both been great players…and then there’s Barker.

    What happened to him? The only other really disappointing lottery pick defender I can think of is Thomas Hickey, but he’s much smaller and was a pretty big surprise to go at 4th overall.

  2. phillyphanatic77 - Jan 13, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    How has this guy fallen off so much? Early on in his hawks days he was considered a top-notch talent. And he did pretty well. Now he can’t keep an AHL job.

  3. rgledz - Jan 13, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    He allowed the Hawks to steal Nick Leddy from the Wild……so he did one good thing in his career.

  4. prideonice - Jan 13, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Worst trade in Wild history.

  5. lordfletcher - Jan 13, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    worst trade,sure but in the grand scheme if things…. Its not that bad. As a huge leddy fan (played hockey with him in eden prairie) he’s not someone that will haunt this franchise over for the next decade like kessel but Fletcher learned a bunch after this deal. If you look at what he has done post this, he has rebounded incredibly well

    yes horrid deal but I’ve moved in. Go leddy

    go wild

    • lordfletcher - Jan 14, 2013 at 12:24 AM

      tablet auto correct and I didn’t proof read sorry

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