Potential UFA Du Jour: Jason Garrison, Florida Panthers


If he makes it to UFA, this is a player the Oilers really should try to land. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

POSITION: Defence

DOB: 13 NOV 84 (27 on October 1)

2011-12 NUMBERS: 16-17-33 with 32 PIM in 77 GP

2011-12 CAP: 675K

2011-12 SALARY 700K

THE FACTS

A few quick hits:

  • Garrison is a thirty point guy on this year’s Florida Panthers team.
  • Garrison is going to get a raise on that 700K salary of his
  • Garrison said that joining the Canucks would be a ‘thrill’ (urgh).  That’s not encouraging, but we’ll do with it what we can.  That’s some waves being sent right there.
  • Has a really high shot percentage (9.5%), also
  • took the most shots of any Panther blue liner
  • averaged over 23 minutes TOI
  • was second on the team’s blue line in points (behind $7M Brian Campbell)
  • was the only Panther regular on defence with a plus rating.

Not a mind reader, but unless the wallet is sprung wide open in Florida, Garrison is a goner.  The 6’2″, 220 pound native of White Rock, BC is definitely in line for a raise in 2012-13.  Whether it’s with Florida, or the Canucks, or the Red Wings, or the Oilers remains to be seen.  Garrison has just finished up his second year on a two year deal with a cap hit of just 675K, and has played 150 out of a possible 164 games over the life of that contract.

My God, what is this?  Defencemen joining the rush?  They’re not supposed to do that!  Point, Garrison.

IS JASON GARRISON A GOOD FIT FOR THE OILERS

You tell me.

The only thing that doesn’t scream YES to me about Jason Garrison is that he’s a southpaw.  The team has a handful of them, but I’m pretty sure they could make do if Garrison found his way to YEG.

Did I mention Jason Garrison had nine power play goals last year?  If I didn’t, please allow me the time.  Jason Garrison had nine power play goals last year, good for second in the league for defencemen (only one behind some guy named Shea Weber, who is going to make $7M+ a season this free agency period).  To say that Garrison would see power play time in Edmonton is quite possibly the biggest understatement of 2012.  Garrison could be thrown on the ice in almost any situation and he’d likely immediately begin lugging the puck up ice.  What makes that even more impressive? Florida was tied with the Islanders for 203 goals scored in the regular season good for a last place tie in the East.    At very worst, he’s a top four guy in this system who will play a lot of PP time.

DOLLARS AND SENSE

What does 33 points get you in the dollars and cents department in 2011-12?  Well…Jason Garrison, for one.  Other defencemen with 33 points (with 2011-12 cap hits, excluding ELC) include…

  • Tobias Enstrom – WPG (33 points, 3.75M cap
  • Ian White – DET (32 points, 2.875M cap)
  • Christian Ehrhoff – BUF (32 points, 4M cap)
  • Jay Bouwmeester – CGY (29 points, 6.68M cap)

How does about $6.5 M over two years sound for a guy who is a fine specimen of a two way defenceman?  Florida has already sunk sixteen million dollars into their defence.  Think they’d make it nearly $20 by keeping Garrison around?

If he makes it to UFA-dom, it’d be nice to see this guy get the first call.

Here’s a rank of all the UFA’s we’ve covered.  The order of the ranking will be players who I believe have the greatest chance of coming to Edmonton, to the least chance.

  • Bruno Gervais
  • Scott Hannan
  • Justin Schultz
  • Mark Fistric (RFA)
  • Jason Garrison
  • Brad Stuart
  • Matt Carle

The further you get on the list, the greater impact the signing would be.  That’s not a coincidence, I don’t think.  Garrison isn’t a pipe dream, and anything could happen if someone knows how to properly work a phone.

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