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Vancouver Canucks sign defenseman Cam Barker to one-year contract


Vancouver Canucks' defenceman Cam Barker skates during practice on the first day of the NHL hockey team's training camp after he was signed to a one-year contract in Vancouver, B.C., on Sunday Jan. 13, 2013. The team has allowed fans to attend on-ice skates during training camp. (AP Photo/The Canadian Ppress, Darryl Dyck) (The Associated Press)

The Vancouver Canucks have signed defenseman Cam Barker to a one-year deal.

Barker was originally selected by the Chicago Blackhawks third overall in the 2004 draft, behind Washington's Alex Ovechkin and Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin.

Barker missed most of last season with an ankle injury that required surgery.

"I had a tough year last year," Barker said. "I was out for four months, but it's behind me and I feel completely healthy now. I'm ready to go."

He has 94 points (21 goals, 73 assists) and 286 penalty minutes in 296 career NHL games with Chicago, Minnesota and Edmonton.