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The Vancouver Canucks have signed Cam Barker to a one year, $700K deal.

Remember when he was drafted was drafted third overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft? Well, his career hasn’t gone as planned.On February 12, 2010, Barker was traded to the Minnesota Wild by the Blackhawks for defenceman Kim Johnsson and defensive prospect Nick Leddy. He was placed on waivers by Minnesota on June 28, 2011, with the intention of buying out his contract, which was exactly the case.

He signed a one-year contract worth $2.25 million with the Edmonton Oilers on July 1, 2011, only to be bought out on June 25, 2012. In 23 games this season, Barker recorded 8 points for the Texas Stars of the AHL after getting a tryout deal before the start of the season. He recently played well for Team Canada at the Spengler Cup.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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