|Assets:||Showed an excellent glove hand and a lot of persistence in the crease area. Was a hard worker and displayed the ability to bounce back from adversity. Could take over No. 1 duties from time to time.|
|Flaws:||Didn't handle the pressure of playing major minutes well and generally lacked consistency in his game (especially when made the starter). He was also prone to prolonged slumps.|
|Career Potential:||Quality backup goaltender.|
|NHL||Stanley Cup||2008-09 (Pittsburgh)|
|Canadian Major Junior||Goaltender of the Year||1997-98|
|Canadian Major Junior||First All-Star Team||1997-98|
|QMJHL||Jacques Plante Trophy||1997-98|
|QMJHL||Raymond Lagace Trophy||1995-96|
|QMJHL||First All-Star Team||1997-98|
|5/02/2014||Announced his retirement.|
|10/09/2013||Signed with Avangard Omsk (KHL).|
|9/29/2013||Released from training camp by the Los Angeles Kings.|
|9/03/2013||Invited to training camp by the Los Angeles Kings.|
|3/12/2013||Missed 3 games (lower body injury).|
|3/09/2013||Lower body injury, injured reserve.|
|3/05/2013||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|4/07/2012||Missed the last 16 regular season games (groin).|
|3/08/2012||Groin, sidelined indefinitely.|
|7/01/2011||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Tampa Bay Lightning to a two-year contract.|
|7/01/2009||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Columbus Blue Jackets to a two-year contract.|
|1/17/2009||Acquired from the Edmonton Oilers.|
|12/03/2008||Missed 2 games (flu).|
|4/05/2008||Missed the last 5 games of the regular season (ankle injury).|
|3/26/2008||Ankle injury, day-to-day.|
|7/03/2007||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Edmonton Oilers to a two-year contract.|
|2/03/2007||Missed 9 games (finger injury).|
|1/12/2007||Finger injury, sidelined indefinitely.|
|12/28/2006||Missed 12 games (groin).|
|11/30/2006||Groin, sidelined indefinitely.|
|7/17/2006||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Los Angeles Kings to a one-year contract.|
|1/21/2006||Missed 1 game (shoulder injury).|
|1/19/2006||Shoulder injury, day-to-day.|
|9/27/2004||Signed by the Manchester Monarchs (AHL).|
|6/26/2004||Acquired from the Montreal Canadiens.|
|2/28/2003||Re-signed by the Montreal Canadiens to a two-year contract extension.|
|1/24/2003||Recalled from Hamilton (AHL).|
|11/08/2002||Assigned to Hamilton (AHL).|
|10/28/2002||Recalled from Hamilton (AHL).|
|10/22/2002||Assigned to Hamilton (AHL).|
|8/02/2002||Re-signed by the Montreal Canadiens to a one-year contract.|
|4/19/2002||Recalled from Quebec (AHL).|
|3/19/2002||Assigned to Quebec (AHL).|
|3/07/2002||Recalled from Quebec (AHL).|
|12/09/2001||Assigned to Quebec (AHL).|
|12/01/2001||Recalled from Quebec (AHL).|
|11/30/2001||Assigned to Quebec (AHL).|
|11/17/2001||Recalled from Quebec (AHL).|
|11/16/2001||Assigned to Quebec (AHL).|
|10/22/2001||Recalled from Quebec (AHL).|
|9/24/2001||Assigned to Quebec (AHL).|
|8/01/2001||Re-signed by the Montreal Canadiens.|
|3/31/2001||Assigned to Quebec (AHL).|
|2/26/2001||Recalled from Quebec (AHL).|
|2/02/2001||Assigned to Quebec (AHL).|
|1/02/2001||Recalled from Quebec (AHL).|
|12/11/2000||Assigned to Quebec (AHL).|
|11/21/2000||Recalled from Quebec (AHL).|
|11/14/2000||Assigned to Quebec (AHL).|
|10/30/2000||Recalled from Quebec (AHL).|
|10/09/2000||Assigned to Quebec (AHL).|
|7/01/2011||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Tampa Bay Lightning.|
|7/01/2009||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Columbus Blue Jackets.|
|1/17/2009||Pittsburgh Penguins traded Ryan Stone, Dany Sabourin and a 2011 fourth-round draft pick to the Edmonton Oilers for Mathieu Garon.|
|7/03/2007||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Edmonton Oilers.|
|6/26/2004||Ottawa Senators traded Radek Bonk to the Los Angeles Kings for a 3rd round selection (Shawn Weller) in 2004 then the Kings traded Bonk to the Montreal Canadiens with Cristobal Huet for Mathieu Garon and a 3rd round selection (Paul Baier) in 2004.|
|6/22/1996||Drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2nd round (44th overall) in 1996.|
Mathieu Garon has decided to retire | 05/02/2014 4:38 PM
NewsMathieu Garon has announced his retirement.
ImpactGaron had a 144-131-31 record in 341 games with the Montreal Canadiens, Los Angeles Kings, Edmonton Oilers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Columbus Blue Jackets, and Tampa Bay Lightning. He had a career 2.83 GAA and .903 save percentage. Garon didn't play in North America this season, opting instead to sign with the KHL's Omsk Avangard.
Mathieu Garon signs with KHL Avangard Omsk | 10/09/2013 5:08 PM
NewsMathieu Garon has agreed to terms with Avangard Omsk of the KHL.
Antti Mkinen on Twitter
ImpactGaron had a 2.90 GAA and .897 save percentage in 18 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning last season. His new contract will cover the remainder of the 2013-14 campaign.
Kings don't sign Mathieu Garon after tryout | 09/29/2013 5:05 PM
NewsThe Los Angeles Kings decided that a PTO was enough for Mathieu Garon, making him a free agent once more.
James Mirtle on Twitter
ImpactGaron is an experienced backup, but Ben Scrivens probably deserves the No. 2 job anyway. Perhaps a team in need of depth will give Garon a try? There are worse backups in the NHL.
Mathieu Garon skates with Kings at camp | 09/12/2013 5:30 PM
NewsMathieu Garon is attending Los Angeles' training camp on a tryout basis.
LA Kings Insider
ImpactHe played with the Kings in 2005-06 and 2006-07, so returning to the team felt natural to him. "I was waiting to see. I had a few other places, a few other choices," said Garon. "But it seems like the team here, they really wanted me to come to camp. It was exciting for me. I know the city, I know this team. I've played here before, and I'm just excited to be here." Ben Scrivens is still considered to be the favorite to back up Jonathan Quick this season, but Garon will attempt to wrestle the role away from him.
Mathieu Garon defeated by Buffalo Sunday | 04/14/2013 7:49 PM
NewsMathieu Garon allowed three goals on 22 shots Sunday as the Lightning dropped a 3-1 decision to Buffalo.
ImpactGaron entered Saturday's loss to the Capitals in relief of the newly-acquired Ben Bishop and drew the start today, but was unable to record a victory. His record falls to 5-9-2 on the campaign.
Garon will play Sunday v Sabres | 04/13/2013 1:11 PM
NewsAlthough he wasn't expected to play again this season, Mathieu Garon will likely get the start Sunday against Buffalo.
Damian Cristodero Twitter
ImpactAnders Lindback is still recovering from an ankle injury and Ben Bishop is playing Saturday. Start Garon at your own risk.
Lightning won't retain Mathieu Garon | 04/04/2013 11:55 AM
NewsMathieu Garon won't be back with the Tampa Bay Lightning next season.
St. Petersburg Times
ImpactThe Bolts acquired Ben Bishop from Ottawa Wednesday and he'll tend to the team's goal along with Anders Lindback in 2013-14. Garon is slated to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Mathieu Garon drops shootout decision to Cats | 04/02/2013 11:01 PM
NewsMathieu Garon made 23 saves on 25 shots in a 3-2 shootout loss versus the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night.
ImpactHe had won his previous two games entering the contest, but this defeat drops his record to 5-8-1 on the year. Anders Lindback has resumed skating, but Garon will continue to shoulder the load between the pipes in his absence.
Mathieu Garon expected to start Tuesday night | 04/02/2013 3:55 PM
NewsMathieu Garon will likely start in net Tuesday night.
Steve Goldstein on Twitter
ImpactGaron has been the main man in Tampa's net since Anders Lindback got hurt. Expect that to continue for as long as Lindback is sidelined. Garon has a 2.90 GAA and a .901 save percentage on the season.
Mathieu Garon gets win despite giving up 4 | 03/29/2013 10:32 PM
NewsMathieu Garon made 21 saves in Tampa Bay's 5-4 shootout win over the Devils on Friday night.
ImpactNot the best night for the netminder, but hey, he did just enough to earn the win. He has a 2.90 goals-against average and .901 save percentage on the season and really shouldn't be on fantasy radars down the stretch.
Look for Mathieu Garon to start Friday | 03/29/2013 12:50 PM
NewsMathieu Garon is expected to start for the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday.
Tom Gulitti on Twitter
ImpactIt will be Garon's fourth start in five games. He's struggled recently, but did turn aside 13 of 14 shots in a 2-1 victory on Tuesday. Garon will be aiming to earn his first two-game winning streak of the season.
Mathieu Garon has easy night against Sabres | 03/26/2013 11:13 PM
NewsMathieu Garon had a relatively easy night in Tuesday's win over Buffalo.
ImpactHe made 13 saves on 14 shots while posting a 2-1 win. Garon didn't face more than five shots in any period. He has four wins and eight losses this season and should get his fair share of starts with Anders Lindback injured.
Mathieu Garon expected to start Tuesday night | 03/26/2013 3:20 PM
NewsIt looks like Mathieu Garon will get the start Tuesday night.
Lightning on Tumblr
ImpactNormal starter Anders Lindback is sidelined by a high-ankle sprain, meaning Garon should get the bulk of starts for the time being. Garon has given up three goals in each of his last two start and was pulled after just 17 minutes in his most recent turn. We don't recommend starting him.
Mathieu Garon gets pulled early Saturday | 03/23/2013 4:33 PM
NewsMathieu Garon stopped eight of 11 shots in a 5-3 loss Saturday.
ImpactGaron was yanked after just 17:01 minutes. Cedrick Desjardins replaced Garon and kicked out 19 of 20 shots, but the damage was already done.
Mathieu Garon will start vs. Sens on Saturday | 03/23/2013 10:14 AM
NewsMathieu Garon will start between the pipes for the Lightning on Saturday.
ImpactThe Lightning are five points out of a playoff spot, so obviously each game is a must-win now. Garon is 3-8-0 with a 2.78 goals-against average and .910 save percentage on the year.
Lightning goalies roughed up in 4-2 loss | 03/20/2013 9:58 PM
NewsIt wasn't a very good night for Lightning goalies in their 4-2 loss to the Leafs on Wednesday.
ImpactMathieu Garon was yanked in the second period, then had to come back for part of the third when Anders Lindback left with an injury. In total, though, Garon yielded three goals on 18 shots. Lindback made seven saves in 20:51 before departing.
Mathieu Garon probable to face Leafs Weds. | 03/20/2013 12:20 PM
NewsMathieu Garon was the first goalie off the ice Wednesday morning, indicating he'll get the nod against Toronto.
Damian Cristodero on Twitter
ImpactThe Lightning don't want to overwork Anders Lindback, who played Monday night in a win over Philadelphia. Adjust your lineup accordingly.
Bolts activate backup Mathieu Garon | 03/13/2013 9:02 AM
NewsMathieu Garon was activated from injured reserve Tuesday.
ImpactHe dressed as Anders Lindback's backup against the Florida Panthers. Garon had been sidelined since Mar. 4 with a lower-body injury.
Mathieu Garon skates with team Monday | 03/11/2013 11:59 AM
NewsMathieu Garon (lower body) practiced with his Tampa teammates Monday.
Damian Cristodero on Twitter
ImpactLightning GM Steve Yzerman said he hopes to have Garon available to return at some point this week. Garon has been sidelined with a lower-body injury since Mar. 4.
Mathieu Garon skates 2nd day in a row | 03/09/2013 12:29 PM
NewsMathieu Garon (lower body) is nearing a return to action.
Damian Cristodero Twitter
ImpactHe skated for the second consecutive day and seems to be improving quickly. At this rate, Garon should be ready to return sometime next week. It appears that Saturday's starter Cedrick Desjardins NHL days' are numbered.
Mathieu Garon gets good news from MRI | 03/07/2013 4:41 PM
NewsMathieu Garon (lower body) had an MRI on Wednesday.
St. Petersburg Times
ImpactThe MRI didn't reveal anything serious and he's expected to resume skating on Friday. He should still be considered day-to-day for now.
Mathieu Garon's injury not considered serious | 03/05/2013 4:51 PM
NewsMathieu Garon is listed as day-to-day after leaving Monday night's game with a lower-body injury.
ImpactGaron, who was spotted without a limp Tuesday, said he was hurt while making a save on Evgeni Malkin during a penalty kill. "It's not major; I'm day-to-day and I feel better today and hopefully I'm OK," Garon said. "I'll need to test it on the ice and, in a couple of days, hopefully I'll be good." Anders Lindback will likely start while Garon is sidelined and it doesn't sound like Garon will need to go on injured reserve.
Mathieu Garon leaves game with injury | 03/05/2013 12:35 AM
NewsMathieu Garon left Monday night's game in the second period with a lower body injury and did not return.
ImpactThe Bolts have seen some lousy play from Anders Lindback early into his role as the team's starter, so they went with the veteran netminder between the pipes tonight. Lindback did make 16 saves on 18 shots in relief, but it was not enough. The Lightning have showed they can score at will, so it's their goaltending and defensive play that will ultimately determine their fate this season.
Garon, Lightning can't hold onto 2-0 lead | 03/02/2013 4:50 PM
NewsMathieu Garon stopped 24 of 27 shots in a 3-2 defeat on Saturday.
ImpactGaron allowed two goals on nine shots in the second period after his team jumped ahead 2-0. He has now lost four straight games, dropping his record to 2-7-0 this season.
Mathieu Garon to start Saturday v Bruins | 03/02/2013 12:14 PM
NewsLook for Mathieu Garon to be between the pipes for Saturday afternoon's contest against Boston.
Damian Cristodero Twitter
ImpactIt seems that Guy Boucher wants to give Anders Lindback a breather after some difficult starts. This is a 1:00 pm ET start so adjust your goaltending rotation as soon as possible.
Mathieu Garon defeated by Blueshirts Thursday | 02/28/2013 11:18 PM
NewsMathieu Garon allowed four goals on 42 shots in a 4-1 loss to the Rangers Thursday night.
ImpactIt was the second straight start for the veteran, who was rewarded after a solid effort in Tuesday's game against Buffalo. Expect Anders Lindback to get the nod in Tampa Bay's next outing.
Garon will start Thursday against Rangers | 02/28/2013 12:32 PM
NewsMathieu Garon will get the nod again for Tampa Bay Thursday night.
ImpactIt will mark his second straight appearance in the club's crease after he dropped a 2-1 decision to Buffalo Tuesday. The Bolts have seen some inconsistent play from Anders Lindback early into his role as the team's starter, so they are giving him a bit of a breather and an opportunity to work more on his game during practices.
Mathieu Garon drops 2-1 decision to Buffalo | 02/26/2013 11:54 PM
NewsMathieu Garon dropped his fifth game in seven appearances on Tuesday night in a 2-1 loss to Buffalo.
ImpactHe made 19 saves on 21 shots in the loss. Garon hasn't played much this behind Anders Lindback and losing to the woeful Sabres won't help him see more action even though his teammates didn't provide him with much in the way of support.
Mathieu Garon to get start in goal Tuesday | 02/26/2013 12:58 PM
NewsMathieu Garon will get the start on Tuesday for the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Erik Erlendsson on Twitter
ImpactGaron is 2-4 this season with a 2.75 GAA and a .917 save percentage. The Lightning play the Sabres who have been one of the worst NHL teams as they have only 13 points, tied for second worst in the NHL. They do however, have Thomas Vanek who is in the top five among scoring leaders in the NHL with 25 points.
Win in Carolina for Lightning G Mathieu Garon | 02/23/2013 11:30 PM
NewsMathieu Garon stopped 32 of 34 shots to help the Tampa Bay Lightning subdue the Hurricanes 5-2 in Carolina Saturday night.
ImpactGaron picked up his second victory of the season. The first came on Jan. 22 against Carolina. Garon has allowed three goals in two games against the Hurricanes and 12 in his other three starts.
Mathieu Garon likely to get start Saturday | 02/23/2013 2:28 PM
NewsThere is a good chance that Mathieu Garon will get the start Saturday against the Hurricanes.
Chip Alexander Twitter
Mathieu Garon loses in place of Lindback | 02/14/2013 11:51 PM
NewsMathieu Garon allowed four goals on 39 shots Thursday as the Lightning dropped a 4-3 decision to Washington.
ImpactStarting in place of the ailing Anders Lindback (illness), Garon and his teammates fell behind early and never recovered, despite scoring a few late markers. It's clear that Lindback is the preferred starter for coach Guy Boucher, all else being equal.
Mathieu Garon chased by Rangers in loss | 02/10/2013 11:40 PM
NewsMathieu Garon allowed three goals on 19 shots before being sent to the showers in a 5-1 loss to the New York Rangers Sunday night.
ImpactCarl Hagelin's second goal of the night (third of the season) midway through the second period was the final straw for Garon, who got himself the rest of the evening off afterwards. Anders LIndback relieved him and had been playing well until two late goals tarnished his performance,.
Mathieu Garon to receive third start Sunday | 02/10/2013 3:27 PM
NewsThanks to Saturday's canceled game, Mathieu Garon will make his third start of the 2013 season on Sunday, instead.
Tampa Bay Lightning
ImpactHe draws the unenviable task of facing the New York Rangers, although Saturday's match would have been against the Boston Bruins, so a tough draw either way. Garon ranks as one of the NHL's steadiest backups, but Anders Lindback has been sufficient enough to run with the top job so far.
Mathieu Garon set to face Bruins Saturday | 02/09/2013 1:39 PM
NewsMathieu Garon will start for Tampa Bay on Saturday versus Boston.
Damian Cristodero on Twitter
ImpactThat is of course if the game is actually on, which it is expected to be. The start time was pushed back to 7:00 pm ET because of the weather. The Bolts appear to be giving Anders Lindback a night off after he dropped his past two starts.
Mathieu Garon makes 27 saves but loses | 02/02/2013 11:29 PM
NewsMathieu Garon blocked 27 shots in the Lightning's 3-2 loss to the Rangers on Saturday night.
ImpactFor the first two periods, Garon was one of the best players on the ice as he made 25 saves on 26 shots. In the third, though, he allowed two on four attempts. Garon has a 2.03 goals-against average and .939 save percentage in two starts.
Mathieu Garon likely to get start Saturday | 02/02/2013 1:32 PM
NewsIt may be the battle of the backups Saturday night when the Lightning face off against the Rangers.
Pat Leonard Twitter
ImpactMartin Biron is starting for New York and it appears that Mathieu Garon will be between the pipes for the Bolts. Adjust your goaltending rotation accordingly.
Mathieu Garon shines in 2012-13 debut | 01/22/2013 11:08 PM
NewsMathieu Garon blocked 35 of 36 shots Tuesday as the Lightning defeated Carolina by a score of 4-1.
ImpactTeammate Anders Lindback was brought in during the offseason with the intent of having him take over the number one role, so it would come as a surprise if Garon received the next starting assignment for Tampa Bay.
Mathieu Garon to get start in goal Tuesday | 01/22/2013 12:47 PM
NewsMathieu Garon will get his first start of the season on Tuesday.
TBLightning on Twitter
ImpactGaron will take the place of Anders Lindback who was in the cage for the Lightning their first two games. He missed the last 16 games of the 2011-12 season with a groin injury and having the whole summer off helped the healing process. If you play the goaltenders game in pools with daily moves, put Garon in.
|Games Played In||63||2005-06 (LA)|
|Shutouts||4||2 times-last: 2007-08 (Edm)|
|Goal Against Average||2.66||2007-08 (Edm)|
|Save percentage||.913||2007-08 (Edm)|
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