Brian Burke, president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Friday that the hockey club has signed free agent defenceman Jay Harrison for the balance of the 2008-09 regular season. Harrison is expected to join the Leafs on Saturday.
The Maple Leafs also announced Friday that goaltender Justin Pogge has been recalled from the AHL’s Toronto Marlies. Pogge will join the Leafs for their game tonight against the Sabres in Buffalo.
Harrison, a 26-year-old native of Oshawa, Ontario, played this past season for Zug of the Swiss Elite League. In 41 games played with Zug, he collected 15 points on six goals and nine assists. He ranked second on the team with 96 penalty minutes. He also played for Canada’s National Men’s Team at the 2008 Spengler Cup in Davos, Switzerland and helped Canada finish second in the tournament.
Harrison was originally Toronto’s fourth choice, selected 82nd overall in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. The 6’4, 211-pound defenceman played 13 games for the Leafs from 2005 to 2007 and registered one assist with eight penalty minutes.
Pogge, 22, has appeared in five games with the Maple Leafs this season, posting a 1-3-1 record with a 3.95 goals against average and a .855 save percentage.
In 49 games with the Marlies this season, the 6-3, 204-pound netminder has compiled a record of 23-20-5 with a 2.70 goals against average and a .895 save percentage.