The NHL's newest expansion team, the Vegas Golden Knights, who are 7-1, shattering expectations (the 1974-75 expansion Washington Capitals had eight wins IN TOTAL) have waived former Canucks defenceman Jason Garrison.
Garrison had been scratched for the Knights’ last four games, as the team’s strategy of taking a boatload of mediocre d-men from other teams in the expansion draft has clearly not paid off. (Vegas “added” Luca Sbisa from the Canucks during the expansion process. Not many tears were shed from that one.)
But with Garrison on waivers, free to be acquired by any team, and the Canucks dealing with injuries to defencemen Alex Edler and Troy Stecher, might the Canucks bite on the bearded (well, before Vegas instituted a lame, no-fun, no-beard policy) rearguard?
No, and they shouldn’t. Nostalgia is a heckuva drug, but Vancouver did a great job moving Garrison’s albatross of a contract (which, it should be noted, the Canucks signed him to) for a second-round draft pick (which, it should be noted, the Canucks traded for Linden Vey), and now Garrison costs $4.6 million in the last year of the deal.
While it does only last one more year, Garrison’s been largely ineffective for the Tampa Bay Lightning during the past two seasons, scoring only 20 points combined and being a drag on the team’s possession stats.
Even on the mighty Golden Knights, Garrison posted a dastardly 43.8 per cent Corsi, which measures shot attempts for and against while the player is on the ice.
The Canucks will surely have the sense to resist the soon-to-be 33-year-old defenceman, but if they don’t, it’ll be a mistake.
Unless the plan is to tank for a good draft pick. Then, by all means, slot him into the top four.More