Sharks in discussions with Vandermeer

Sharks in discussions with Vandermeer
January 9, 2013, 9:45 am
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Jim Vandermeer played in just 25 games with the Sharks last season, registering just four points. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

The San Jose Sharks are one of a number of teams in touch with unrestricted free agent Jim Vandermeer’s agent, the defenseman confirmed in a text message to on Tuesday night.

That the Sharks have explored bringing back the 32-year-old journeyman is not surprising, as there are some injury questions on the blue line. At the same time, the organization would prefer to give younger players like Matt Irwin and Matt Tennyson a chance at what may be an open roster spot, and Vandermeer would probably not want to have a repeat of what he went through in his one year in San Jose.

After signing a one-year deal on July 1, 2011, Vandermeer played in just 25 games. He was often scratched in favor of Colin White, who was generally ineffective during his one season with the Sharks. Vandermeer missed six weeks with a broken hand from early December through mid-January.

A more likely destination could be Vancouver, as Vandermeer has been skating there through the lockout. On Tuesday, he told the Vancouver Province:

“We talked to them (Canucks) yesterday, and time will tell because we’re talking to a bunch of teams. We’re going to find out which situation is the best. I can play offence, take care of my own end, be physical and fight and take care of the boys. This will be my 10th year and I know I can play in this league. The circumstances weren’t great for me last year.”