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Vancouver Canucks sign defenceman Cam Barker to one-year contract

Free agent defencemen Cam Barker takes part in an informal hockey practice with the Vancouver Canucks at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday January 9, 2013.

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

Barker had eight points (three goals, five assists) and 24 penalty minutes in 23 games with Texas of the American Hockey League this season.

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

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On the international stage, Barker has helped Canada to two gold medals at the world junior hockey championship (2005, 2006) and gold at the 2012 Spengler Cup.

The six-foot-three, 222-pound defenceman was originally selected by the Chicago Blackhawks third overall in the 2004 NHL draft, behind Washington's Alex Ovechkin and Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin.

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