Ex-Leafs enjoying life as Hurricanes

Hurricanes' Jay Harrison (right) battles Maple Leafs forward Clarke MacArthur for the puck....

Hurricanes' Jay Harrison (right) battles Maple Leafs forward Clarke MacArthur for the puck. (Reuters/Files)

IAN SHANTZ, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:18 PM ET

TORONTO - Though tucked away in an afterthought market, Jay Harrison and Tim Brent are enjoying resurrected NHL careers away from a team that discarded them.

And they’re not looking back.

The club they couldn’t permanently crack is the Maple Leafs, which gave both players big-league whiffs before eventually declaring them dispensable.

Harrison, an Oshawa native and third-round Leafs pick in 2001, never did find a place here, shuffling between St. John’s, the Marlies and the Leafs through two separate stints with the organization over a seven-year span.

He was eventually cut loose by the Leafs in 2008-09.

Brent, from nearby Cambridge and a junior star with the St. Mike's Majors, wanted desperately to become the scoring centre the Leafs have sought in recent years. But the sandpaper-style forward was limited to mostly third- and fourth-line roles in his lone full NHL season with the blue and white under the watch of Ron Wilson and Brian Burke two years ago.


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