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By Hosea Cheung, 24 hours Vancouver

Defencemen Rob Davison has a message for all the crease crashers out there: Think twice before venturing into Roberto Luongo's territory this season.

"It's not going to happen if I'm on the ice," said the 6'3", 220-lbs blueliner. "If he gives Luongo a shot, he's going to pay a price. If it happens, the score needs to be settled."

Having signed with Vancouver to a one-year deal this offseason, Davison is ready to patrol the back end for the Canucks, while making Luongo's life a lot easier.

Of the 45 players who donned took to the ice at Saturday's training camp, the 28-year-old was the most noticeable, especially when he made his presence felt early with a crushing hit on Kyle Wellwood during the first contact drill of the day.

Davison was also strong along the boards and was rarely beaten one-on-one, as the stay-at-home bruiser played his role to a tee.

"I'm not going to get you 20 goals or anything," he said. "The thing [GM Mike Gillis] told a few of the guys he brought in is that he felt that he wanted to add some character, some grittiness and some toughness. It's part of my game and it's a lot of fun for me to play that way."

Coach Alain Vigneault concurs, "That's one of the reasons why we brought Rob in just so we have the mix of guys who can move the puck and guys who have that physical presence."

If the St. Catherines, Ontario native continues to play his style effectively, he just might find himself with a regular spot on the Canucks' defense, especially in games against the tougher Western Conference teams.

"My number one goal going into the camp is to play in the top six this year, and hopefully I'm able to achieve that," Davison said.


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