Outside of last year is he really that good? Little risky if he can't reproduce his play from last year.
He has been strong defensively the past two years, the previous one while playing with Weaver. Even if the 16 goals is an anomaly, which is probably is to a certain degree, a 25-35 point D man with a cannon on the PP and strong defensive game is worth it.
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.
Not sure if true or not but apparently there were rumours that he wanted 6 mil, so I wasn't optimistic he'd be signing here. Either way he probably would have gotten north of 5 mil per with other teams so it looks like he took a discount to come here. Welcome to VAN Garrison!
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.
Not to mention he actually plays good defense.
If he can play the right, then he could be a good partner for either Edler or Ballard.
From the Florida board, they say Garrison was part of their best shutdown pair.
Hopefully he is not a one year wonder, but just based on all the information available, he seems to be a good signing.