Jason Garrison D TB 1 Month

Garrison (undisclosed) will miss Tuesday's game against the Penguins but has a "decent" chance to return Saturday, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports.

Garrison was considered "highly doubtful" to return Tuesday, and he will indeed miss the contest. The NHL has a Christmas break coming up, which will allow Garrison three days to rest up and a chance to play in the team's next game Saturday against the Hurricanes. Andrej Sustr will likely draw into the lineup in his place Tuesday.

Jason Garrison D TB 1 Month

Although Garrison (undisclosed) said Monday that he's improving, coach Jon Cooper said he is "highly doubtful" to return Tuesday, the team's official website reports.

With the NHL's Christmas break coming up after Tuesday's game, it seems likely that the Lightning will hold Garrison out to let him heal up after he left Sunday's contest with the undisclosed ailment.

Jason Garrison D TB 1 Month

Garrison left Saturday's game against the Islanders with an undisclosed injury and will not return, the Tampa Tribune's Erik Erlendsson reports.

The Lightning provided no details about the injury, so everybody is completely in the dark on this one until the team decides to release more information. The good news for Garrison is that the schedule affords him some time to recover: Tampa Bay plays just one game between now and next Saturday.

Jason Garrison D TB 3 Months

Garrison picked up two assists in Saturday's win over the Islanders. The points are his first in four games.

The gap isn't so bad -- the team is winning and that's all he'll care about. Fantasy owners, on the other hand, would prefer something else entirely. He's actually on pace for a career season, so slot him in -- a defender that delivers a mid-40s point year is a must-roll in most formats.

Jason Garrison D TB 3 Months

Garrison assisted on one of the Bolts' seven goals and finished with a plus-4 rating in Saturday's victory over the Canucks.

The move to Tampa has been kind for Garrison, who has amassed two goals, six assists and a plus-7 rating over 14 contests. As a mainstay in the Bolts' top four defensemen and on their talented power-play units, where he's averaging 1:51 of ice time per contest, Garrison is probably worthy of a roster spot in just about any fantasy format.

Jason Garrison D TB 3 Months

Garrison scored the game-winning goal in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Capitals. He has a goal in each of his last two games and three points total in that span.

We want to recommend him; we really, really do. And we soon will do just that ... that is, if he can show his scoring touch a little more. He owns a rocket of a shot, but until recently, he hasn't been using it. He is now.

Jason Garrison D TB 3 Months

Garrison picked up two power-play points -- a goal and an assist -- in Thursday's 4-3 win over the Flyers. It was his first goal of the season.

He has five points in 11 games, but we had honestly expected more. This is a guy who potted 16 the last time he called the state of Florida home, but he has struggled with scoring consistency since then. Still, those five points have all come in the last seven games, so perhaps he's turning the corner. Watch for a trend.

Jason Garrison D TB 3 Months

Garrison picked up an assist in his third straight game Tuesday versus the Flames.

The injury to Victor Hedman has resulted in increased opportunity for Garrison, who has seen an uptick in ice time at both even strength and on the man advantage over the last three games. He's still in looking for his first goal, but with some expected improvement to come from last season's career-low 3.9 shooting percentage, Garrison shouldn't have to wait much longer.

Jason Garrison D TB 3 Months

Garrison is settling in nicely in Tampa Bay and his coach Jon Cooper has been impressed with his play so far, reports the Tampa Tribune. "He's a heavy player down low, great defender and a great (penalty kill) guy," said Cooper. "He's savvy, he knows what to do with the puck and doesn't spend a lot of time in his D zone."

Cooper was quick to add that he's trying to instil a bit more of a "defense-first mentality" to the entire time and acknowledged that Garrison "has been exceptional at that." We'd honestly been hoping for him to slot onto the team's power play with a bit more consistency to exploit that massive shot. But the team is using Anton Stralman on the second unit and it looks like Garrison is going to be used as more of a shutdown and PK guy. His fantasy value clearly suffers in this role.

Jason Garrison D TB 7 Months

The Vancouver Canucks have dealt Jason Garrison, Jeff Costello, and a seventh round pick to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for the 2014 50th overall selection.

In Garrison, the Tampa Bay Lightning are adding a top-four blueliner that can chip in with the man advantage. He's a good bet to record 30-40 points if he can stay healthy. It's a bit surprising that the Canucks didn't get more for him though given that his $4.6 million annual cap hit looks pretty fair under the current market standards. Either way, this is a good pickup for Tampa Bay.