Feb 5, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Nashville Predators defenseman Jonathon Blum (7) takes a shot against the St. Louis Blues during the third period at the Scottrade Center. The Predators defeated the Blues 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Vancouver Canucks Interested in Defenceman Jonathon Blum

The Vancouver Canucks are interested in defenceman Jonathon Blum, formerly of the Nashville Predators.

Blum, 24, became a free agent after the Predators failed to issue him a qualifying offer by July 2′s deadline to retain his rights as a restricted free agent.

According to News 1130 Sports, the Canucks contacted Blum’s agent on Wednesday to kick the tires.

Blum, who spent four seasons in Vancouver as a member of the Western Hockey League’s Vancouver Giants, expressed interest returning to the city.

The Canucks, including Frank Corrado, currently have five defenceman signed. Chris Tanev is expected to be re-signed to bring the total to six, but the Canucks will likely be looking to add two more through free agency. The team has traditionally carried eight defencemen on its roster. One of the players that might fit the bill is Blum, a right-handed defenceman.

The addition of a right-handed defenceman will be welcomed. Many of the Canucks defencemen in the system are left-handed. Top farmhands like Peter Andersson and Yann Sauve are both left-handed.

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