$4.6 for 6. I figured it would be $4.5 for 5 so I'm totally fine with this.
I think there is little bust potential with Garrison. He probably won't hit 16 goals again but the guy is a rock defensively and can play both the left and right side effectively. Fits in nicely with Hamhuis, Bieksa and Weber going forward. Yes I said Weber.
I had him at these numbers as well. Good signing at $4.6mil IMO and an absolute must if we wanted to improve the backend.
Watched a ton of Garrison over the 2nd half of this season and am fully confident he'll be a good player for us. He's the perfect replacement for Salo longterm. Replaces Sami's steady, reliable play and his slapshot as well.
Probably a smart move today. Got someone who WANTS to play here, dreamed of it actually. A young guy heading into his prime, big body who can play tough defensive minutes and move the puck at the same time, can step into our PP and help it immediately. Our only D man who can play both sides, already so versatile. I didn't think he'd actually come home, there's no doubt better offers out there. He took a discount. I am happy.
I really hope Garrison continues his play from last season, and not regress back to what he was a couple of years ago.
We just gave him a lot of money for a lot of years.
The thing is, a couple years ago he was just cracking into the NHL. I really think the bust potential on him is minimal and he still has room to grow overall. I don't think he'll score 16 goals again, but the guy has been a rock defensively the past two years(with Weaver and Brian Campbell) and he's quite versatile. If he can log 22+ min/game and score 8-10 goals and 25-30 points this will be a solid signing.