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Panthers Get Defensive: Re-sign Garrison, Sign Paetsch

Posted By Jack Powell On Jul 7 2010 @ 5:04 pm In Florida Panthers | No Comments

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 pla [1]y 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. [2]

“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:

http://panthers.nhl.com/club/podcastplayer.htm?pid=348&iid=23753

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