Posted July 01, 2012 on AP on Fox

UNIONDALE, NY - JANUARY 21: Jason Garrison #52 of the Florida Panthers skates during the game against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum on January 21, 2010 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The Vancouver Canucks signed defenseman Jason Garrison to a six-year contract on the first day of NHL free agency Sunday. Garrison, who grew up in White Rock, B.C., joins the Canucks after four seasons with the Panthers. ''We felt quite strongly that he is a player that is evolving and, given our circumstances, that he would have an opportunity to continue to evolve,'' Canucks general manager Mike Gillis said. The 27-year-old had 16 goals and 17 assists for 33 points in 77 games with Florida last season. He added a goal and two assists in the playoffs. Gillis indicated Garrison agreed to take less from the Canucks than he could have earned with other clubs. ''We're trying to have a team that competes for the Stanley Cup, and in a cap system, it means that everyone has to work with you in order to allow that to happen,'' Gillis said. ''(Garrison) was adamant that he wanted to play for a team that was going to compete for a Stanley Cup and had an opportunity to, and was prepared ...
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