2012 NHL Free Agency
The new contract is worth $4.6 million per year, TSN.com reported Sunday.
Garrison, 27, had a career year in 2011-12 with 16 goals and 17 assists, was a +6 and had 32 PIM in 77 games with the Florida Panthers. The offensive-minded defenseman added a goal and two assists for the Panthers in the playoffs at the end of his second full NHL campaign.
We know he can move the puck well out of the defensive zone, he has size and speed on his side and he kills penalties. Nice big shot from the point as well.
This is win-win for the Canucks as far as I’m concerned.
The 6’2”, 220-pound undrafted defenceman was signed by the Panthers in 2008 after three seasons with the University of Minnesota Duluth of the WCHA.
Mike Gillis had this to say about his new toy.
“We’re very excited, we think there’s tremendous upside there, he wanted to come back to Vancouver, so we’re really pleased. He’s got great size, he skates well, and he makes a great first pass.”
“He fits into the way we play. He’ll get opportunities now that Sami Salo isn’t here. We went thru this type of experience with Dan Hamhuis, at the end of the day they (Garrison and Hamhuis) left more money on the table with other teams to be able to play at home.”
Per a Canucks.com press release the team announced the White Rock, British Columbia native has played 190 career NHL games with the Florida scoring 23 goals, 36 assists (23-36-59) and logging 81 penalty minutes.
This was a crucial pick-up for the Canucks who earlier in the day had lost Salo, who signed a two-year deal for $3.75 million per with the Lightning, and Aaron Rome, who signed a three-year deal worth $1.5 million per with the Dallas Stars.
In my opinion the top farm hands in Chicago include Yann Sauve, Frank Corrado, and Kevin Connauton.
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Jason Garrison’s Reaction
This quote was from a piece on NHL.com by Kevin Woodley today from Garrison. “I don’t think I’ve peaked yet, I’m very excited to stay home and play in front of my friends and family in my hometown.
Growing up, every kid dreamed of playing for the Canucks, and I was like everybody else.”