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Lightning acquire Garrison from Canucks for 50th pick

Jun 27, 2014, 3:27 PM EDT

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The Tampa Bay Lightning have bolstered their blueline by acquiring Jason Garrison from the Vancouver Canucks. They also received 23-year-old forward Jeff Costello and a seventh round pick in exchange for the 50th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

Garrison, 29, is a capable top-four defenseman who has recorded 33 points in each of the last two 82-game campaigns. The Canucks had some flexibility to move him though after acquiring defenseman Luca Sbisa from the Anaheim Ducks in the Ryan Kesler trade they made earlier this afternoon.

Tampa Bay is inheriting the final four seasons of his six-year, $27.6 million contract.

Between their two trades, the Canucks have lessened their cap burden by roughly $5.5 million even after Sbisa and forward Nick Bonino‘s contracts are factored in. That leaves Vancouver with approximately $51.4 million committed to 17 players, per Cap Geek.

Costello spent the last four seasons playing for Notre Dame. Originally taken in the fifth round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, he had 22 points and 73 penalty minutes in 40 games in 2013-14.

Update: NBC’s Pierre McGuire thinks Vancouver will use their cap flexibility to go after Buffalo Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers, per TEAM Radio’s Mike Martignago. Keep in mind that Myers has also been linked to the Detroit Red Wings.

  1. freneticgarfieldfan - Jun 27, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    fire sale in VAN? didn’t the GM say he wants to rebuild on the fly?

  2. r4n6er - Jun 27, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    I don’t understand this one…

    • bigtganks - Jun 27, 2014 at 3:48 PM

      Salary dump. Too many NTC’s on this team for too long. This team was handcuffed. Makes perfect sense.

  3. pigeonbutt - Jun 27, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    The Kesler trade was underwhelming but understandable given the bind they were in.

    This is just poor.

  4. imleftcoast - Jun 27, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    Fire sale. Only 14 more years til we make it back to the Cup Finals.

  5. blackandorangeforlife - Jun 27, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Geez……Will we soon read they traded the twins for a banana tree?

    • bigtganks - Jun 27, 2014 at 3:49 PM

      Let’s hope. We need that salary dump. This team is handcuffed until Gillis’ deal with them expires or the twins retire early.

  6. letsgolightning - Jun 27, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    This sounds too good to be true?

  7. withseidelinn - Jun 27, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    I thought they would have gotten a higher return for him. Second rounder isn’t bad, but I would have imagined maybe a depth forward to help with bottom six or a mid-level prospect as well.

  8. nobandwagoners - Jun 27, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    Garrison (and pieces) for the 50th overall pick? What?

    Please Lord, don’t let this be simply a way to clear cap space to do something truly stupid like giving Ryan Miller a big fat contract.

    • bigtganks - Jun 27, 2014 at 3:50 PM

      I’m glad for the salary dump but completely agree with you on clearing this space for Miller. PLEASE NO to Miller. I would be devastated.

    • flyersfan85 - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:01 PM

      Ryan Miller for 5 years at 6 mil a piece. To Vancouver or Toronto..

      Im calling it now..

      • ngsm31 - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:41 PM

        Not sure if serious or just trolling…….

    • imleftcoast - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:09 PM

      More likely Bolland.

  9. rbbbaron - Jun 27, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    Yzerman, once again making Wings fans wish Holland had left with Lidstrom…

  10. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Jun 27, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    Highway robbery. I almost feel guilty for this, and I keep expecting to hear an update where we’re giving something more back. Only the 50th pick sounds way too good to be true.

  11. steverolley - Jun 27, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    I guess I missed something

    Garrison has been a total bust since coming to Vancouver, has a high cap hit and a ntc… but according to the GMs on here he should be worth more than a 2nd round pick?

    Please explain to me what he has done since his 1 good season in Florida three years ago to justify more than a 2nd round pick?

    • bigtganks - Jun 27, 2014 at 3:51 PM

      Exactly. We got a second rd pick and they took on ALL of the salary! This is GREAT!

      Benning knows what he’s doing…

    • blackandorangeforlife - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:00 PM

      Lets see he is a 29yr old in his prime top 4 defenseman who is comparable to Del Zotto or Coburn….Both currently top pairing!……Worthy of of Stamkos?….Of course not but he was worth a lot more then a 50th pick

      • steverolley - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:19 PM

        Really I see a guy who was brought in to be a top 4 defense man but lost his job to Tanev and Stanton and was playing bottom six minutes the past two years (under two different coaches).

        I see a long term contract with a NTC for a marginal top 4 defense man.

        And I see a terrible Canucks PP that he did nothing to help because of his inability to hit the net with his shots.

        I guess we agree to disagree on how good of player this guy is. I am happy to shed his salary, give the young guys more ice time, and move on

      • blackandorangeforlife - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:31 PM

        Lets see he averaged 21 mins per game…And was a -5….Elder just over 23mins – 39……Bieksa 22:46 -8….Only 1 other Nuck Dman played more minutes then these 3…Hamhuis 23:57 +5…..He also played more games then those 3….How about we throw Yandle into that mix just over 24 mins -23……Again he was worth way more then a 5oth pick

      • soro17 - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:07 PM

        Garrison’s problems: (1) he can’t make a breakout pass (he probably leads the league in missed passes going for icings – if only there was a passing accuracy stat); (2) he makes poor decisions with the puck (forces passes rather than making the simple pass – I honestly think he only can see out of one eye and can’t see half the ice – this is related to 1); (3) he can’t hit the net (well documented); (4) he is slow – the slowest Canucks D-man since Dana Murzyn (a three way tie with Andrew Alberts and Marek Malik); (5) he is poor positionally (related to being slow); (6) he is not physical for his size; (7) he doesn’t appear to have much of a competitive spark (just seems to be happy to be in the league).

        His positive: (1) he shoots hard.

  12. flyeredup202 - Jun 27, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Not sure why the flyers didnt make a play for this guy…. 50th? really this is a steal……damn I mean hes a Top 4 all day on most teams in the league…. on the flyers he would have been a top 2…… damn.

    • bigtganks - Jun 27, 2014 at 3:52 PM

      He had a NTC. Maybe he wanted to go back to the state of Florida…

    • flyersfan85 - Jun 27, 2014 at 3:59 PM

      Nahh.. we don’t need good D.. we have Kimmo.

      • flyeredup202 - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:39 PM

        Ha yea…. clogging up the pipeline for the young guys that could get some valued time as 5/6 pairing

  13. rsl22 - Jun 27, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    I guess the Canucks are banking on Conner McDavid.

  14. flyersfan85 - Jun 27, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    Heard that they are trading the Sedins for 4 AHL’s, 3 Box’s of Timbits, 2 French Hen’s, and one…bag of pucks.

    Just kidding.. Vancouver is trying the Panthers route of cap saving. Good trade guys.. anyone good left?

  15. micasa81 - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Wow, I know Garrison’s contract was too rich, but did it really limit his tradability to the point where you had to throw in a snack bag to even get the 50th pick? The Kesler trade was fine. With this one, I have to think they could have done better.

  16. rsmaggiemae - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    I watched Garrisons interview when he went to Vancouver from the Panthers and he hated being in FLA as he grew up in Vancouver…. and he was so glad to be back home again
    I realize they needed the cap space but this has to hurt Garrison a lot
    I wouldnt want to play hocxkey in FLA either Cant understand going to games in shorts or flip flops but I live in Minnesota so theres ahuge difference -40 below 50 inches of snow now thats hockey weather
    cant wait for Monday and the new season to start
    Hope the Wild can secure Niskanen

  17. rupp246 - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    I don’t follow the Canucks too much, but what happened to a team that was in the finals only and few years ago and it looks like now they r on a complete rebuild. Anyone?

    • kaptaanamerica - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:59 PM

      Mike Gillis thought he would use analytics to run the team and it failed. He got rid of guys like Grabner, etc.. for useless players like Ballard and Booth. He didn’t trade Schneider when he had a chance to get something solid back and ended up rooting the dog when he did trade him, and then hired Tortorella who was a tyre fire and basically destroyed the players and caused Luongo to want to get traded.

      It all started with the analytics over reliance and not constructing a team that was built with a logical focus. If it was speed he should have stuck with it, but he didn’t. the final straw was hiring Tortarella who demoralized the team.

  18. bolt1991 - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    Harrison had a NTC so he had to approve any trade. The Lightning are attractive to a lot of players right now. And living in Tampa is a Hockey Paradise. I carry my sweater to the game and put it on once inside. I grew up on Ohio so you can keep the snow. I will keep my pool all year around and my Bolts.

  19. bolt1991 - Jun 27, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    *Garrison. Dang autocorrect.

  20. rupp246 - Jun 28, 2014 at 7:22 AM

    Ty laptop

  21. rupp246 - Jun 28, 2014 at 7:24 AM

    Ty kaptainamerica

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