Garrison and Kevin Bieksa are expected to form the second pairing. Bieksa had six goals and six assists in 36 games last season, while Garrison led all Vancouver blueliners with a plus-18 rating.
Chris Tanev will be on the bottom pairing and is expected to be joined by either veteran Yannick Weber or Frank Corrado. The 24-year-old Weber was signed to a one-year, $650,000 after spending his entire career with the Montreal Canadiens. Corrado, 20, is a homegrown prospect who played in three games for the Canucks in 2013.
GOALTENDING - Although the goaltending carousel involving Luongo and Schneider was surrounded by drama, the platoon actually worked fairly well last season.
Schneider was the No. 1 and did have the stronger season, going 17-9-4 with a 2.11 goals against average and .927 save percentage. However, Luongo did well in the backup role despite playing amidst constant trade rumors and finished 9-6-3 with a 2.56 GAA and .907 save percentage.
Luongo also went 0-2 with a 2.58 GAA in three playoff games -- two starts -- while Schneider nursed an injury. Although the Canucks were swept by San Jose, the postseason loss could hardly be blamed on Luongo, as Vancouver's offense contributed only eight goals over the four games.
Luongo is now back to his usual role as Vancouver's undisputed No. 1 netminder and that may not be such a bad thing. Before losing the starting job, the 34- year-old averaged over 37 wins a season during a six-year stretch from 2006-07 to 2011-12.
Rookie Eddie Lack is expected to be the backup to Luongo, but the club also signed Swedish netminder Joacim Eriksson to provide further organizational depth in the crease.
WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE - Watching Tortorella and Vigneault's impact on their new teams should be one of the more interesting storylines to follow in the NHL this season. For both guys, getting to the playoffs is only where the expectations begin, as the Canucks and Rangers have been stuck with the "playoff underachiever" label in recent seasons. Although the Canucks are not considered a favorite to win the newly-formed Central Division, the club does have a good shot at landing one of the division's three automatic bids to the playoffs. Whether Tortorella's fiery style pays dividends come playoff time is another story altogether.