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02-21-2013, 12:22 AM
Join Date: Jul 2010
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He's been good. It's a shame how the media built him up with all these unreasonable expectations in the offseason, and now they are hammering him for not living up to said expectations. He's had a little trouble getting up to speed just like everyone else on the blueline, and it's tougher as a defenceman joining a new team, you need to get used to the systems so you can react instinctively instead of thinking about it, and the lack of training camp complicates that. Garrison's done as well or better than my expectations, and I think will only get better.
To be fair though...the media plays a role in his 'hyping'. But ultimately...the guy signed a multi-year $4.6M deal with a NTC. You don't give those to players without some pretty hefty expectations.
And thus far, he hasn't really lived up to that. Not that he won't eventually as he settles into the team and the system and the pressure here...but to this point, he hasn't been a $4.6M defenceman. He's slowly rounding into 'adequate' defensively and hasn't contributed a whole lot offensively.
With great money comes great responsibility.
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