Leafs make pair of signings
According to Sportsnet.ca, the Toronto Maple Leafs made a pair of moves Monday, re-signing restricted free agent defencemen Jay Harrison to a one-year contract while luring forward Simon Gamache, the leading scorer in the Swiss Elite League last season, with a two-year deal.
Harrison, split last season between the Maple Leafs and the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League (AHL). After a five-game stint with the Leafs, the Oshawa, Ontario native played 41 games with the Marlies, collecting 18 points (four goals and 14 assists) with 68 penalty minutes. Harrison was Toronto’s fourth pick, 82nd overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.
Gamache, a 26-year-old native of Thetford Mines, Quebec, played 44 games for Bern of the Swiss Elite League this past season collecting a league-best 66 points (20 goals, 46 assists). He maintained his scoring pace in the playoffs as he tied for the league lead with 16 points (seven goals, nine assists) in 16 playoff games.
It won’t be Gamache’s first stop in the NHL: he has played in 37 career NHL games for Atlanta, Nashville and St. Louis, registering four goals and five assists.
The 5-11, 167-pound right-winger has also skated in 289 AHL games for Chicago and Milwaukee posting 261 points (107 goals, 154 assists). Gamache won a Calder Cup championship with the Milwaukee Admirals in 2003-04, and was named an AHL First Team All-Star in 2004-05 after finishing sixth in league scoring with 86 points on 29 goals and 57 assists.