Oilers fan here. You know how bad our team has been since 06? I have not seen a worse defenseman than Barker. I seriously have no idea how he got drafted 3rd after Malkin and Ovechkin. The only thing he can do is make a good pass. He's slow, terrible defensive awareness, gets walked pretty much every shift, etc.
There were times last season when I was begging for Barker to be scratched in place of guys like Peckham and Potter. Seriously. I have no idea why the Canucks would want him. Maybe he's improved, but what I've seen of him, you'd much rather take a chance with any other defenseman who is a free agent or on waivers.
Maybe I'm being a bit too harsh on him. But I've never seen a worse defenseman at the NHL level.
I wonder if the Canucks hired EA's North American scout who opted to make Barker a Top 4 dman worth over $4M/year
I'd probably take a younger Nolan Baumgartner over him.
Hmm, that article was kind of a let down. I was hoping for something more informative, not just "he sucks because he sucks". Either way, nbd, he's just a warm body for camp. If our guys can't beat out Cam Barker then it's ok to panic.
^Ehhh...Kostopolous on a minimum-wage deal might make a good 13th forward, actually. I wouldn't be upset.
I definitely don't think it's a good idea to throw an actual contract at Barker, and probably not Arnott at this point. Tryouts are fine and dandy, but anything more than that...
Don't all 1 way deals count against the cap now? Even if they are in the AHL? If that's the case I would hope we're very careful about who we sign. Not really interested in any of those guys, but I'd give Arnott a tryout to see what's left in the tank.
Depends on what Barker gets. If it's one year and 1m, I'd be very interested. Perhaps they take him on as a project they think they can develop further?
Arnott is an option if they don't want to do the Lu deal right away.
Like that they are looking at Kostopolous.
Ugh...Barker is terrible, he can't even maintain a job at the AHL level, I wouldn't even give him the league minimum. If he hasn't developed SOMETHING by now he's not going to. Think Ryan Parent, only worse.