Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 7/2/12

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)
Happy Canada Day…finally Has Vancouver‘s Mike Gillis made another smart signing, or is the contract too good to be true? General Manager Gillis made the most of the opening day of NHL free agency, signing former Florida Panthers defenceman Jason Garrison to a six-year $4.6 million dollar deal on Sunday. With Justin Schultz headed to Edmonton, Sami Salo signing with Tampa Bay and Aaron Rome landing in Dallas, Garrison comes at a steep price for the Canucks after playing only two solid seasons in Sunrise. The contract makes Garrison the highest paid defenceman on Vancouver’s roster, matching Kevin Bieksa’s annual cap hit of $4.6 million. That’s one hell of a raise after playing for just $675,000 over the last two seasons. Only Ryan Kesler ($30 mil), Roberto Luongo ($64 mil) and the Sedin twins ($30.5 mil) have had more money committed on their current contracts. Many have inferred Garrison agreed to take a “hometown discount,” with the Canucks, however I find $27.6 million a considerable
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