Canucks sign White Rock's Jason Garrison to free agent deal
The Vancouver Canucks have signed local boy Jason Garrison to a six-year deal. The 27-year-old defenceman will make an average of $4.6 million per season over the length of the contract.
The Canucks were forced to wait late into the first day of NHL unrestricted free agency to get the deal done with Garrison, who had a breakout season with 16 goals in 77 games with the Florida Panthers.
Nine of Garrison's markers came on the power play, which is where he should be able to make a difference in Vancouver. The big blueliner is 6'2" and 218 pounds and will slot into the top four on the Canucks' depth chart along with Alex Edler, Kevin Bieksa, and Dan Hamhuis.
Earlier in the day, the Canucks watched Sami Salo skate to Tampa Bay on a two-year, $7.5-million deal, and Aaron Rome got a three-year contract from the Dallas Stars.