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UFA of the Day: Barret Jackman

It’s been a little while since our last UFA of the day feature, but with less than one month until the start of NHL free agency, I figured this would be a good time to profile some of the best free agents that the Canucks may have their eye on. Today, lets look at Barret Jackman.

Name: Barret Jackman

Age: 31

Size: 6’0″, 205 lbs

Why the Canucks might want him: Barret Jackman is a stay-at-home defenceman who has played his entire career with the St Louis Blues. He’s gritty, tough, and brings an element of the game that the Canucks have been missing. He has been one of the Blues most dependable defencemen for about ten years. He was second in even strength ice time and first in shorthanded ice time this season. He was first on the Blues in blocked shots and second among Blues d-men in hits.

Why they might not want him: Jackman plays the game hard, and he has a lot of mileage on his 31 year old body. He also doesn’t do a whole lot offensively, which might not fit into the Canucks up tempo style (if indeed they decide they still want to play that way).

What I would do: I would sign Jackman a three year deal at $4 million per season. That’s an increase on his current deal that pays him $3.625 million.

X-Factor: Jackman is from Trail, BC and might be willing to take a little bit less to play in Vancouver. He’s also the type of player that is likely to elevate his game in the playoffs.

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2 Response to UFA of the Day: Barret Jackman

  1. Doug on June 5, 2012

    I cannot believe that anyone feels that Jackman is worth $4M a year. Has anyone watched this guy? He plays this, casual, I'm too cool, kind of defense and gets beat all the time. Go watch some film and watch how he is out of position more than 50% of the time when giving up a goal. That is not what a veteran is supposed to do. I have watched Jackman over the years, and yes had potential years ago, but became too cocky. Compare him to Roman Polak, you can't, he is half the player Roman is. As a lifelong Blues fan, I say see ya! We need the money to spend wisely, not stupidly for someone who doesn't play like a leader.

  2. Rob on June 5, 2012

    If he was so terrible, why do the Blues play him so much?


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