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One: Jim Vandermeer

Vandermeer as an OilerSharks Sign Defenseman Jim Vandermeer To A One Year Deal

Wilson began his free agent acquisition project with the least high profile of the group so far.  Of Jim Vandermeer, he said:

“We were looking for something specific and I think he fills that for us. He’s very tough. People don’t like to play against him. He’s a great teammate. He plays very hard and knows the Western Conference well. He’s not afraid to drop the gloves and protect his teammates. He brings a nice intimidation factor that complements what Doug Murray brings to the group.” -Working the Corners

As I have learned to ignore what Paul Holmgren says he will do, so I put little stock in how Doug Wilson describes what he has done.  He isn’t going to gives us a complete rundown on who he most wanted or who he could have gotten or why he decided not to re-sign so-and-so, or anything so revealing.  He’ll say some nice things about the players he does sign and that’s that.

I’m not sure I can see why Vandermeer is better than Huskins for the team.  I wonder if he isn’t just a change for sake of change.  For a bottom-pairing defenseman, with near-ready prospects waiting in the wings, the move doesn’t pose much risk.

It may not seem like much of a compliment, but it appears that not posing much risk is a theme with Vandermeer.  But it is a good thing.  There are players who can get a team into trouble by being unpredictable or less than they need to be.  Vandermeer is no such.  As one blogger put it, Jim Vandermeer- He Is Who We Thought He Was.

It may not mean a lot but I like the fact that none of his last three teams moved him mid-season.  He didn’t always play as many games as one might like, but I think it’s a good sign that his teams held on to him.  During the 2007-08 season, he was with three different teams, and in total played 75 games.  And he’s been a Flyer, twice.

Welcome to the team, Mr Vandermeer.  May you be everything Doug Wilson thinks you are.


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