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Canucks d-man Garrison (groin) plans to be ready for Nov. 2 return

Oct 22, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

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If the NHL and NHLPA were somehow able to reach a new CBA in time to start the season on Nov. 2, Jason Garrison would be ready to go.

The Canucks’ new $27.6 million defenseman has been struggling with a mysterious groin injury this offseason (though it hasn’t stopped him from making new friends in the city), but after skating today in Vancouver, he expressed his readiness for Nov. 2.

“That’s what I’m planning for,” said Garrison (via The Province’s Ben Kuzma). “I’m using this time to make sure [the groin injury] doesn’t come back.”

The 27-year-old also said that groin issues have been ongoing throughout his career; however, this one isn’t a sports hernia.

Canucks GM Mike Gillis confirmed last week on Vancouver radio that Garrison was still working his way back from a groin injury.

“With Jason, we’ve ruled out the possibility he has a sports hernia,” Gillis said. “But it’s kind of like he feels like he’s at 80 or 85 per cent all the time and getting that extra 10-15 per cent has been challenging for him a little bit. There have been some strides made and he is feeling better. It’s a difficult injury to diagnose and handle and we’ll see how he does over the next week or so and then make some decisions.”

  1. kitshky - Oct 22, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    Umm, speaking as a resident of Gastown …please don’t click the Garrison meeting new friends video, and please don’t judge me so.

  2. blomfeld - Oct 22, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    “All the King’s horse and all the King’s men, ensured that Loo would never play again” …

    Well I live closer to Rogers Arena than you, so tra-la-la, tra-la-la-la, tra-la-la, tra-la-la-la ! :)

    In all seriousness, I say Garrison Schmarrison ! The bottom line is that the Canucks have got to get Luongo out of here “asap” ! His AIG-sized contract and his annoying presence here are like a “ball & chain” which the team simply needs to break free of ! Now much of the local media and many fans continue trying to paint a rosy picture about this whole business … “oh there’s no rush” .. “oh it’ll all work out” .. “oh he’s happy to be here” .. etc. Well that’s just nothing but “false & empty” hope in my opinion … and it’s wrong ! It’s wrong in terms of the team’s bottom line, it’s wrong in terms of providing Schneider with a clean canvass on which to paint and it’s wrong in terms of denying Luongo what he wants most in his heart, which is a happy return to Florida. The Canucks need to do the “right” thing and let the man go now !

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