PHILADELPHIA, FL (via Tampa Bay Lightning Communications) –The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired defenseman Jason Garrison, the rights to forward Jeff Costello and a seventh-round pick at the 2015 NHL Entry draft from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for their second-round pick in 2014, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.
Garrison, 6-foot-3, 222 pounds, played in 81 games with the Canucks last season, recording seven goals, four power-play goals and 33 points. He ranked fifth on the team overall for points and led all Vancouver blue-liners. Garrison averaged 20:53 in ice time per game in 2013-14, which ranked fourth among Canuck defensemen.
A native of White Rock, British Columbia, Garrison has played in 318 career NHL games with Vancouver and the Florida Panthers. During his career he has amassed 38 goals, 16 on the power play, and 108 points. He finished third among all NHL defensemen for goal scoring in 2011-12 with 16. He has appeared in a total of eight playoff games, recording a goal and three points.
Garrison played college hockey at the University of Minnesota-Duluth before turning pro. During his career with the Bulldogs he amassed nine goals and 29 points in 87 games.
Costello, who recently finished his senior season at Notre Dame, recorded 13 goals and 22 points in 40 games for the Fighting Irish last season. The Milwaukee, Wisconsin native has accumulated 41 goals and 82 points with 239 penalty minutes in 145 games during his four-year career in South Bend. He was drafted by the Ottawa Senators in the fifth-round, 146th overall, at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
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