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Report: Blues show some interest in Jason Garrison

Jun 22, 2012, 5:48 PM EDT

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Earlier today, we passed along notes about St. Louis Blues GM Doug Armstrong’s hopes of adding a top-four defenseman. Jeremy Rutherford reports that they have at least some interest in a guy who would fit that description: pending Florida Panthers free agent Jason Garrison.

Armstrong noted that it would be more likely that the Blues will trade for a free agent blueliner rather than signing one, but that doesn’t mean Garrison wouldn’t fit. After all, they could always acquire his rights before July 1 – which might be just fine with Florida if they decide that his contract demands are excessive.

We can debate Garrison’s merits in his own zone all day, but it’s hard not to gravitate toward his booming slap shot. He might be a mph or five below Zdeno Chara in that category, yet for a Blues team that struggled on the power play, Garrison’s shot could be quite the tonic.

Of course, it’ll all come down to the price being right – both in trade and contract terms. Still, it’s interesting to ponder. How well do you think he’d fit in St. Louis?

  1. bluesrawesome - Jun 22, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    If he plays with the Blues like he did Florida well be doing a lot better he in my mind is the most important missing peice the emergance of Petro brought up a problem – he has no partner tht we have tht makes him better and compliments Garrison would though so we need this guy.

  2. stevedurbano - Jun 22, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    Wouldn’t break the bank, and that’s always a factor with the blues. Would be an upgrade from Colaiacavo, and there just isn’t anyone right now in Peoria ready to step in. Get him, he’d make the team better.

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