What was supposed to be a fairly quiet opening day of free agency has turned into anything but that; The Canucks have signed Florida UFA Jason Garrison to a 6-year contract. In other news, veteran defenseman Sami Salo has headed to where all old people go to retire and will join former Canuck Mattius Ohlund in Tampa Bay.
We have taken a look at White Rock Native Jason Garrison very recently, when he did an interview with News1130 and said that he wanted to be play for the Canucks. Well it looks like dreams do come true as Garrison is signed for 6 years at $27.6 million (4.6 a year, which is roughly what Hamhuis and Bieksa make). It’s great to see a hometown kid get to lace-up for the team he grew up cheering for.
While Garrison’s $4.6 million a season might seem a little ridiculous for a guy with only a couple good seasons under his belt, it’s important to remember that the total cap is going up this season. With the cap limit looking to be roughly 70 million, Garrison’s contract is far less intimidating and the same goes for other contracts around the league – such as Roberto Luongo’s 5.3 million hit a season.
Garrison is coming in to fill the shoes of Sami Salo, who will be in Tampa Bay for two years at $3.75 million a year. Thanks for the great years Sami and best of luck in Tampa.