July 01 2012 06:20PM
Garrison is indeed a Canuck.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 1, 2012
Despite reports from earlier in the day that the Canucks had been "priced out" of the Jason Garrison bidding, it appears that the Mike Gillis has landed the highly coveted former Panther. Jason Garrison, a native of White Rock British Columbia, will help satisfy both the team's need for a top-four defenseman, and placate those among us who possess raging Sea-to-Sky boners for any B.C. born defenseman. Here's the official media release from Canucks.nhl.com.
Not only did Mike Gillis get one of the best defenseman on the market under contract, but he also managed to do so with a perfectly reasonable cap-hit, as per Darren Dreger:
6 years, $4.6 aav for Garrison in Van.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 1, 2012
The contract is worth 27.6 million over the next 6 seasons, for an average hit of 4.6 million. Consider that Sami Salo, who is 38 years old, scored 9 fewer goals than Garrison did last season, and has a medical record the length of the Nile will carry a cap-hit only 850k below Garrison's that's a big win for Mike Gillis. Or consider that Dennis Wideman will make well over 500k more than Garrison next season. Hilarious.
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July 01 2012 03:55PM
Gillis' inaction today bothered Canucks fans, who are quick to point out that, while the team has most of its high-end core locked up, the roster only managed to win one postseason game this Spring and is clearly in need of augmentation and improvement. To rub salt in the wound, the team lost out on Unrestricted Free-Agent defenseman Sami Salo, who has signed a two year deal worth 7.5 million dollars with the Tampa Bay Lightning:
Sammy Salo signed a two year deal with Tampa for $3.75m per year.— Gord Miller (@GMillerTSN) July 1, 2012
Sami Salo is a battler, and a very intelligent defenseman. He once took a Duncan Keith slap-shot in the balls during a playoff game, was taken to hospital, and returned to play in the very next game. Beyond that, Salo was a Canuck for 9 seasons and was a classy, low-key guy who led in the room, and carried himself well both on and off the ice. For his tenacity in always battling back from a myriad of injuries, for his loyalty to the organization, and for his persona in the community - he was beloved by the Canucks fan-base.
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July 01 2012 02:01PM
According to the NHL Network, by way of Erin Brown (aka @Rinkside), a credentialed reporter who covers the Florida Panthers, the Canucks were priced out of the Jason Garrison sweepstakes. Not a huge shocker, as Garrison is looking to cash in on an impressive offensive season (16 goals, third among all NHL defensemen in 2011-12 behind only Shea Weber and Erik Karlsson). The crazy part is that they were priced out at a ridiculous $6.5 million.
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July 01 2012 01:10PM
That the Canucks were in on fourth-line winger Tanner Glass, and that they nearly landed him comes to us via the News1130Sports twitter account, which, has been absolutely crushing it of late.
Glass had several offers including talks with #Canucks. Glass's agent says very tough decision for Tanner.— News1130 Sports (@News1130Sports) July 1, 2012
Tanner Glass was a reliable fourth liner, and a good soldier during his Vancouver Canucks tenure. During the 2010-11 postseason, however, he was injured and became something of a liability on the Canucks toothless fourth-line.
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July 01 2012 11:56AM
The Northwest Division is beefing up. The Avalanche have apparently signed forward/defenseman/goon Matt Carkner (Update: Matt Carnker will in fact sign in the Eastern Conference with the New York Islander) and the Wild have signed faceoff specialist/goon Zenon Konopka. The West is beefing up as a whole too, as the Sharks gave 4 years and nearly 8 million to Adam Burish...
Konopka agrees to 2 year contract with Minnesota Wild.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 1, 2012
Do the Canucks need to react to these moves? Should they? Popular opinion seems to indicate they should, as Vancouver’s current toughness consists of Dale Weise, Max Lapierre, Zack Kassian, and Kevin Bieksa.