Canes sign defenseman
Days after losing Albany River Rats defenseman Mark Flood to the Islanders via free agency, the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday signed big rear guard Jay Harrison to a one-year, two-way contract.
The 6-foot-4, 211-pound Harrison, 26, split last season between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Swiss Elite League team Zug. He had 15 points (6g, 9a) and 96 PIM in 41 games overseas, and had one assist in 10 NHL games for the Toronto Maple Leafs after signing with them in late March.
“Jay is a big defenseman who has been a depth player in the Toronto system since turning professional,” Canes assistant GM Jason Karmanos said in a statement. “His size and experience should allow him to compete for a roster spot with the Hurricanes next season.”
A native of Oshawa, Ontario, Harrison has played 376 AHL games for the St. John's Maple Leafs and Toronto Marlies, with 98 points (32g, 66a). He will earn $500,000 at the NHL level and $125,000 in the AHL, with $175,000 guaranteed.
In other movements, ex-Rats defenseman Josef Melichar signed with the HC Ceske Budejovice of the Czech Extraleague.
Also, Clifton Park native Peter MacArthur re-signed with the Chicago Blackhawks for one season. MacArthur, 24, had 25 points (14g, 11a) in 64 games for the AHL's Rockford IceHogs in 2008-09.