The Carolina Hurricanes made their first roster move of the season this afternoon. Gristly veteran Jay Harrison was shipped to Winnipeg in exchange for a sixth round draft pick. The Hurricanes are expected to retain approximately 25% of Harrison’s 1.5 million dollar salary.
The move is the first of what’s expected to be many made by Carolina throughout the remainder of the season. After their sixth consecutive loss Tuesday night, the Hurricanes are officially dead last in the NHL standings with 19 points. Although the Canes will still be on the hook for a percentage of Harrison’s salary, the move clears a little room off the books and gives young defenseman Michal Jordan a longer look with the club.
Harrison had a goal and three assists through 20 games played this season, and amassed 42 penalty minutes, two less than he had in 68 games last season. The 32 year old has been with the Canes since the 2009-10 season and has often provided Carolina with toughness and grit on the back end. With the logjam of defenseman currently signed, the move isn’t entirely surprising given the play of Jordan and defenseman Brett Bellemore.
The trade reunites Harrison with head coach Paul Mauice for the third time in his career. Harrison has played for Maurice in Toronto and Carolina previously.
Expect more moves from Carolina down the road as the season progresses.