Well ya, what place did the Oilers finish in and what happened to Renney?
In may be a little silly to compare Edmonton last year and Vancouver of this year. Cam Barker was pencilled in by many as a top-four defenseman in Edmonton. The Best Case Scenario for Cam Barker at this point is an extra defenceman for depth in case of injuries.
It may be a poor signing, but how is this at all reflective of Vancouver's past signings? Last season they signed Alex Sulzer as their 8th defenseman and he ended up playing well and earning a one-way deal in Buffalo's top 6. They've also signed Hamhuis, Burrows, Garrison, Malhotra and acquired Luongo, Ballard, Ehrhoff, Higgins, Booth and Lapierre who've all become productive members of the Canucks and other franchises in recent years.
Seriously, some people are taking it to seriously. People would be making fun of this no matter who signed him. He got cut by an AHL team this year. I honestly thought the Spengler Cup was the last hockey I was ever going to see Cam Barker play.