Garrison with Panthers

     This is a few days old, but defenseman Jason Garrison is back with the Florida Panthers. He was recalled Saturday and played that night at home against New Jersey. Also on defense with Florida are former University of Minnesota players Keith Ballard of Baudette and Jordan Leopold of Golden Valley. Here’s a release from the Panthers:

SUNRISE, Fla. – Florida Panthers General Manager Randy Sexton announced today that the club has reassigned G Alexander Salak to Rochester (AHL) and recalled D Jason Garrison from Rochester (AHL).

Salak returns to Rochester for the second time this week after receiving his first National Hockey League promotion earlier in the week. The 22-year-old Strakonice, Czech Republic, native made his NHL debut last night, earning five saves in Florida’s 7-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. Salak spent all of training camp and preseason with the Panthers. The 6-foot-1, 189-pound netminder boasted a 20-20-9 record with a 2.40 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage in 52 games last season with TPS Turku of the FNL. Salak signed his first NHL contract with Florida as a free agent on May 29, 2009.

Garrison departs Rochester after recording an assist in his season debut in Rochester’s 5-2 win over the Lake Erie Monsters last night at The Blue Cross Arena. The recall is the second of his professional career. A native of White Rock, British Columbia, Garrison skated in his NHL debut last season with the Panthers on October 25th. In 2008-09, the second-year pro finished his rookie campaign as Rochester’s top scoring defenseman and fourth overall with 35 points (8+27) in 75 games.