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Canucks pursue free agent blue liner Cam Barker


VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) –  The Vancouver Canucks are looking to fill a few holes on the roster before the shortened season begins this month and a free agent defenseman is on the list.

The agent for former Chicago Blackhawk blue liner Cam Barker tells News1130 Sports that the Canucks are one of the teams in line to land the former first round pick (3rd overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. The Winnipeg native also played for Edmonton and Minnesota and recently helped Canada win the Spengler Cup in Switzerland.

The Canucks are also reportedly interested in free agent centre Jason Arnott, who last played with the St Louis Blues and winger Tom Kostopolous who has played for four NHL teams since being drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins (7th round) in 1999.

Meanwhile, Canucks players continue to return to the city and prepare for the upcoming training camp, including goaltender Cory Schneider and winger Jannik Hansen who had been playing in Europe during the lockout.

Five Chicago Wolves players,  Zack Kassian, Jordan Shroeder, Chris Tanev, Kevin Connouton and Andrew Ebbett are on their way to join the Canucks.  As a result, the five will not play for the AHL Wolves when they visit Abbotsford Friday and Saturday to play the Heat.