Canucks Ship Garrison to Tampa Bay.

The Vancouver Canucks have traded defenseman Jason Garrison, prospect winger Jeff Costello and the 7th round pick in 2015  to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for the number 50 pick in this years’ draft. 

Jason Garrison dealt to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Jason Garrison dealt to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

 SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not much of a return for Garrison, but they jettison significant salary, as he had four years at an annual cap hit of $4.6 million remaining on his salary. Having already shed Ryan Kesler’s $5 million annual cap hit earlier in the day, Canucks GM Jim Benning is obviously clearing space for other additions.

Garrison seemed to struggle in his two years with the Canucks and was obviously willing to waive his no-trade clause to return to Florida, albeit with a different club. It was rumored he might be dealt back to the Florida Panthers.

The Lightning, however, have been in the market for an experienced defenseman.  Garrison’s a good puck-moving blueliner coming off a 33-point season with a struggling Canucks team. He has a strong point-shot which could benefit the Lightning’s power play. 

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  1. i’m not sure if Garrison topped out in Florida at the right time or just didn’t understand the system Tortorella was trying to put in ( i don’t think anyone did but Tortorella) but he struggled mightily and didn’t get his shot away on the powerplay anywhere near enough. most of last year he had a deer in the headlights look and might be a bit of a reach for Tampa if they’re expecting him to be more than a 4th or 5th dman with some offensive upside but they only gave up a 2nd round pick in a pretty thin draft.