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Oilers acquire Jim Vandermeer

by Edmonton Oilers Press Release / Edmonton Oilers
TORONTO - DECEMBER 16: Jim Vandermeer #2 of the Phoenix Coyotes skates with the puck during the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on December 16, 2009 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)
General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have acquired defenseman Jim Vandermeer from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for forward Patrick O’Sullivan.

Vandermeer, 30-years-old, recorded 12 points (4G, 8A) in 62 games with the Coyotes last season as well as 60 penalty minutes.

The Caroline, AB native started his career signing on with the Philadelphia Flyers as a free agent in 2000. He played with the Flyers from 2002-04 before being dealt to the Chicago Blackhawks with current Oiler, Colin Fraser. Vandermeer spent four years with the Blackhawks including a career-best 2005-06 season where he scored six goals and 18 assists in 76 games.

The 6’1”, 211 lbs rearguard also suited up for the Calgary Flames for a season and a half. In 374 career NHL games, he collected 87 points (22G, 65A) and 557 PIM.

Vandermeer played four years with the Red Deer Rebels in the WHL. In his final season he was the captain of the Rebels and went on to help the team win the Memorial Cup.

Edmonton Oilers hockey is presented in part by the Rexall Family of Pharmacies, Molson Canadian, ATB Financial, TELUS, Cenovus Energy and Ford.
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