Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 1/9/13
In Gillis we trust? It didn’t take long to get back into mid-season hockey debating. Not long after the new CBA deal was announced, news broke that the Canucks were interested in giving much-maligned defenceman Cam Barker a tryout at camp. It’s, to say the least, perplexing. Gillis has a long history of these tryouts (Owen Nolan, Manny Legace, Steve Begin etc) as a small loophole to dress the minimum number of NHL vets required for a pre-season game while still resting the core members of the Canucks, but this year’s training camp is going to be very short and might not even feature any exhibition games. Hardly a need to rest the big dogs. Rather, they’ll need every chance they can get to find their legs in a season where every game will truly matter. So why Cam Barker? Well, the loss of Aaron Rome and Sami Salo destroyed a bit of depth in the 7/8 hole but….Cam Barker? Cam Barker, the infamous number three pick behind Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin, had one decent year in Chicago b...
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