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.
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.