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06-21-2012, 11:38 AM
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dave babych returns
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Originally Posted by KapG View Post
so one year of 18 points with some decent periphs and a second year of 33 points with decent periphs is worth 5 million per season?
If you define Garrison and his career narrowly enough it looks absurd.

That being said, if you look at the whole picture it's hard to see his play over the last couple of years as some kind of flash in the pan.

He broke into the league late, playing collegiate hockey until 23 and then playing a full year in the AHL. At age 25 he split a season with the Panthers and the Rochester Americans, making the league full time at age 26 last season. In that season he played great defensive hockey and contributed little to the offensive side of the game on a pairing with Mike Weaver. Last year at age 27 he played top pairing minutes with an elite puck mover in Brian Campbell and showed an ability to contribute offense on top of his excellent defensive play.

So we have a player that can play both side of a defense pairing, has shown over his NHL career that he is a very solid defensive player and has shown in limited opportunity that he can contribute offensively as well, has a big frame (roughly the same size as Phaneuf) and good mobility, and is just 27 and as such pretty likely to continue to improve over the near future.

He has a very brief track record but there are no real blemishes on it; it would be a risk to sign him to a multi-year deal at the kind of money top four defensemen earn these days, but I'd rather take a risk on a player with age on his side than a player whose age means they will only get worse over the term of that contract.

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