Florida Re-Signs Garrison

     Former Minnesota Duluth defenseman Jason Garrison, 25, signed a two-year, one-way contract Wednesday with the NHL’s Florida Panthers, re-signing with general manager Dale Tallon.

      Garrison’s salary will be $650,000 for 2010-11 and $700,000 for 2011-12, said the Sun Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in a story here.

      "I’m looking forward to showing the coaching staff and management that they made a good decision," Garrison said on a conference call from home in Vancouver, British Columbia. "I’m going to go into training camp with a lot more confidence and work hard. I don’t want to be complacent."

     The Florida Panthers webite has a release and audio links at: Panthers Ink D Jason Garrison.

     The release is below:

SUNRISE, Fla. — Florida Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon announced Wednesday that the NHL team has agreed to terms with defenseman Jason Garrison on a two-year contract extension.

Garrison played three seasons and 87 games with Minnesota Duluth from 2005-08.

"We are very pleased to have reached a contract agreement with Jason," said Tallon. "Over the last two years, Jason has taken great strides in his development and through his hard work and determination, he earned a spot on our roster. We look forward to his continued growth and contributions to our team."

Garrison, 25, played in 39 games with Florida last season recording eight points (2-6-8) and 23 PIM, with a plus-5 rating. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound defenseman also appeared in 38 games for Rochester (AHL) last year scoring three goals with 16 assists and 33 PIM. Garrison made his National Hockey League debut on Oct. 25, 2008 in St. Louis.

A native of White Rock, British Columbia, Garrison played his college hockey at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, where he registered 29 points (9-20-29) in 87 games over three seasons. After college, the undrafted Garrison was signed by the Panthers as a free agent on April 2, 2008.