Philadelphia, Pennsylvania -- Hours before the start of the NHL Entry Draft, Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman traded for veteran defenseman Jason Garrison from the Vancouver Canucks.
The Lightning also acquired the rights to forward Jeff Costello and a 7th-round draft pick in the 2015 Draft. They gave up their 2nd-round draft pick in this draft.
Garrison is 29 years old, a solid defenseman, who played 3 years with the Florida Panthers, and the last two years with Vancouver. He averages more than 20 minutes of ice time per game, and is a solid shot-blocker.
Garrison scored 16 goals two years ago with the Panthers. Last year, he had 7 goals and 26 assists with the Canucks. Reportedly, Garrison had to waive his no-trade clause to okay the deal.
The Lightning still have 2 picks in the 1st round tonight.
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