The Vancouver Canucks sign defenseman Jason Garrison to a six-year contract worth $27.6 million, thatís $4.6 million per year. That is a lot of money for a guy who had one good year, but sounds like the Canucks got a bargain as he took less money to come to a contender who also happened to be his hometown team.
Garrison broke out last season with career highs in every major category. He scored 11 more goals than previous career high and 14 more points, finishing the season with 16 goals and 33 points. Nine of his goals were on the power play.
Garrison has a cannon of a shot, which will be a huge asset in Vancouver with the loss of Sami Salo. He will get a ton of power play time with the Canucks. His production should continue to go up as he will be playing with better players in Vancouver compared to Florida.
GM Mike Gillis has made very few errors when it comes to the Canucks and this should be another solid signing by him. The addition of Garrison should help take some of the pressure off of Alex Edler, who is much better as a number two guy. Edlerís career high points per game came in the 2010-11 season where he was the number two guy behind Christian Ehrhoff. He struggled immensely during the Stanley Cup playoffs so this signing should help take some of the pressure off of him. Count on Edler pushing 50 points this season
David Booth is excited that his ex-teammate signed with Vancouver as he tweeted ďCanít wait to see @kbieksa3 feed @JasonGarrison52 one timers. Great to have Garry back on my team and back in his hometown!Ē
The powerplay has been one of the Canucks strongest aspects and now with a booming shot it will continue to be one of the tops in the NHL.
Count on seeing this addition help all of the other offensive players in Vancouver get their numbers back up. This is a great signing for your fantasy team even if you donít own any Canucks as he will make everyone better. The only player this might hurt is Kevin Bieksa who may not be relied on so much for offense and could see his point totals dip below 40.
Expect Garrison to push the 20 goals and 45 points this season.
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