played so little with Abbotsford of the AHL last year that at the end of the season he did what previously might have been the unthinkable.
He asked to be sent to Utah of the ECHL so that he could start having fun again.
"If I was asked three or four years ago if I wanted to play in the East Coast League, I would have said no," said Vandermeer, 34. "It was fun to be a bigger contributor (with the Grizzlies). You're a competitive guy. It was a great opportunity to go down there and get that many minutes in, get rejuvenated."
Last week, Vandermeer made sure his batteries would be charged from the start of the upcoming season. He signed a deal with Victoria that will likely make him an ECHL regular again for the first time since 1999-2000. Overall, Vandermeer, a combo forward/defenseman, is a veteran of 611 AHL games who racked up 130 points and 2,772 PIM with nine teams in that league.