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Garon embraces role with Lightning




Mathieu Garon gives interviews to the media inside the Lightning locker room at the St. Pete Times Forum on Friday.  [WILLIE J. ALLEN JR., Times]

Goalie Mathieu Garon said the Lightning were the first team to contact him once the free agency period started July 1.

And once they did, Garon had a one-track mind, knowing it was exactly where he wanted to be, feeling it'd give him a good shot at hoisting another Stanley Cup (he won with the Penguins in 2009).

“The reason why I’m here is to win,” Garon said.

Garon, who signed a two-year, $2.6 million deal that day to back up veteran goalie Dwayne Roloson – his former teammate with the Oilers – looked at home Friday morning, touring the St. Pete Times Forum. Sitting in front of his new locker, and jersey (No. 32), Garon, 33, met with the local media for the first time, taking a break from a whirlwind weekend in Tampa looking for a new place and schools with his wife, Marie.

While it will take Garon (MA-tyew Gah-ROHN), a Chandler, Quebec native, a while to get used to the area, he’s comfortable in his role as backup, having played 35 and 36 games the last two seasons with the Blue Jackets. Having played with Roloson, for the Oilers from 2007-09, also helps.

“I’ve done it before,” Garon said. “I know how it’s going to be. Like I said, it doesn’t matter how many games I play, I just want to play good, and if I don’t play much, it’s probably because (Roloson) is playing great. So I just want to win and we’ll see what happens.”

Garon, who went 10-14-6 last season with a 2.72 goals against average, said he’s recovered from April surgery to fix a torn tendon in his right elbow, which he played the entire season. He said he plans to start skating this week, and will be ready to go for training camp.

Said Garon: “I feel pretty perfect right now.”

[Last modified: Sunday, August 14, 2011 12:15am]


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