The Florida Panthers bolstered their blue line today by re-signing Jason Garrison to a two year contract and former Columbus Blue Jacket, Nathan Paetsch to a one year deal. Panther GM Dale Tallon wanted to make sure that there is a competition come training camp and should have all his horses in place on defense with the possibility of 9 defenceman (Garrison and Paetsch along with Bryan McCabe, Bryan Allen, Dennis Wideman, Dmitry Kulikov, Keaton Ellerby, Erik Gudbranson and Alex Petrovic) competing for 6 spots on the roster.
Garrison filled in admirably as a rookie last season and was called upon to play big minutes with the departures of Dennis Seidenberg and Jordan Leopold after the trade deadline. Tallon said re-signing the 25 year old d-man was a top priority this off season, praising his character and work ethic. Garrison has recorded 2 goals and 6 assists in 40 career games as a Panther.
Paetsch has played in 167 career games with the Buffalo Sabres and the Columbus Blue Jackets compiling 7 goals and 35 assists in his career. Paetsch signed a one way contract worth $525,000.00 for the 2010-2011 season.
“Nathan is hard working, high character defenseman who adds more depth to our club’s blue line,” said Tallon. “He is a responsible player who will be counted upon to play important minutes for our club next season.”
Dale Tallon on signing Garrison and Paetsch:
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Written by Jack Powell
My name is Jack Powell. I'm 26 and work for a civil contracting company in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. I've been a Panther fan since the team was formed in 1993 and don't ever plan on not being one. Looking forward to see what new Panther GM Dale Tallon is going to do to rebuild this franchise and make us a Cup contender!!