The Vancouver Canucks continue to make moves to help clear up cap space for the organizational rebuild as the general manager Jim Benning has traded defenseman Jason Garrisson to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Also going to Tampa Bay is prospect Jeff Costello and a 2015 7th round draft pick. Vancouver will receive the 50th overall pick in the 2014 draft in the trade.
The move comes as a strict cap dump. Garrison signed with the Canucks prior to the lockout-shortened 2013 season for six years, $27.6 million. In two seasons with the Canucks, Garrison produced 49 points (15 goals, 34 assists).
Garrison, 29, comes with an annual cap hit of $4.6 million that will be taken on in full by the Lightning. He is expected to slide right into the top four on the Lightning’s blue line, and will become a good piece for a team looking to build on an impressive 2013-14 season that saw them reach the playoffs.
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The prospect heading to Tampa, Costello, has spent the last four years playing for Notre Dame after being selected in the fifth round of the 2009 NHL Draft. During the 2013-14 season, Costello had 22 points for the Fighting Irish.
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