February 4, 2013
Ex-Leafs enjoying life as Hurricanes

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

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.