The first day of NHL free agency ended with one of the big names finding a new home.
Now we wait and see whether Jason Garrison lives up to his generous new paycheck.
Garrison joins Vancouver on a six-year contract reportedly worth $4.6 million annually.
Not bad for a 27-year-old defenseman who looked like a fringe player 12 months ago.
Garrison has one notable NHL season to his credit: 16 goals and 17 assists for Florida in 2011-12, drawing much of the credit for the Panthers’ successful season.
The last time he hit double figures in goals, he was playing Junior A hockey in 2005.
In an (as always) inflationary market, Garrison’s salary isn’t out of line with what other defensemen are making.
But he better have more where 2011-12 came from.
Canucks fans are not kind to players who fail to meet expectations, as Roberto Luongo well knows.
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