Hagman back in action

STEVE BUFFERY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:47 AM ET

The Maple Leafs activated forward Niklas Hagman and re-signed defenceman Jay Harrison, while reassigning defenceman Anton Stralman and forward Ben Ondrus to the Toronto Marlies yesterday.

Hagman, who has 37 points in 58 games with the Leafs this season, suffered his second concussion of the season on Feb. 26 and has missed the past 13 games. Hagman has been practising with the Leafs for the past week or so but the organization was careful in bringing him back due to the nature of head injuries, which the Finn fully understands.

"The head is a little tricky. I've got a son, and I want to be able to spend quality time with him," he said. "You break a leg or hand or something like that, in a worse-case scenario you can go and by a new one from the store. But with the head it's a little bit of a different story."

The Leafs picked up the 26-year-old Harrison from Zug in the Swiss League.

The 6-foot-4, 211 pound Harrison was drafted by the Leafs in 2001 and had spent six seasons with the organization before going to the Swiss League this year. He was able to join the Leafs after the Zug team was eliminated in the Swiss League semi-finals.

Harrison has played 13 games with the Leafs, eight in 2005-06 and five the season after, and he is hoping a good showing in the final few games of the season will impress Leafs management enough to want to bring him back for next season.

"Every game's an audition when you play professional sport. You're only as good as your last game. Everyone's always evaluating you. So, I'm going to take this opportunity and do whatever I can with it. I'm going to obviously play my hardest," said Harrison, following the team's morning skate yesterday.

Harrison said playing on the big ice in Switzerland especially helped his skating, adding that he worked on every part of his game.

"Moving the puck, playing physical, playing solid defensively in my zone, contributing (offensively) when I can -- I think if I can do that consistently, I might have a chance to come back and play again," the Oshawa native said.

Stralman had 13 points in 38 games for Toronto this season, while the rugged Ondrus played 11 games with the Leafs.

Coincidentally, both Harrison and Leafs rookie defenceman Phil Oreskovic were drafted 82nd overall by the Leafs, Harrison in 2001 and Oreskovic in 2005.


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