Friday, July 10, 2009

Another Day, Another Signing

D-man Jay Harrison (top) is set to wear red, white and black next season
(Photo by Tony Bock)

The Carolina Hurricanes have signed yet another depth player to their organization. This time it's a much needed defenseman.

The Canes have picked up AHL veteran Jay Harrison on a one-year, two-way contract. Harrison, coming in at 6-foot-4, 211 pounds, brings size and professional experience. He is known for being a reliable, stay-at-home defenseman that sticks up for his teammates. Nothing fancy. Just an old-school D-man with a hell of a heart (think Geordie Kinnear).

A third round pick by Toronto back in 2001, Harrison, 26, has played 413 games in the AHL and another 20 in the NHL. The majority of his time has been spent with the Toronto Marlies and their predecessor, the St. John's Maple Leafs. He has 41 career goals, 126 assists and 734 penalty minutes.

Harrison played last year in the Swiss National League, but returned to Toronto late in the season for a brief seven game stint with the Leafs. He will now spend his eighth professional season somewhere between Carolina and Albany.

“Jay is a big defenseman who has been a depth player in the Toronto system since turning professional,” said Hurricanes' VP and assistant GM Jason Karmanos. “His size and experience should allow him to compete for a roster spot with the Hurricanes next season.”

It is unknown if Harrison, originally of Oshawa, Ontario, will spend significant time in Albany, but his signing will benefit the River Rats regardless. If Harrison lands in Carolina, Albany will probably get to keep an extra defensive prospect.

On the other hand, if Harrison sticks around with the Rats, he could very well fit in as a perfect anchor D-man.

Did I mention he sticks up for his teammates?