News:Jay Harrison, who will not play Saturday, is dealing with a concussion, the Raleigh News and Observer's Chip Alexander reports.
Analysis:Jay Harrison took a puck to the face Thursday, and apparently he was concussed, in addition to suffering facial injuries. He should be fine for the start of the 2013-14 season, though concussions can be tricky.
News:Jay Harrison (face) will not play in Saturday's game against the Penguins, the Raleigh News and Observer reports.
Analysis:Jay Harrison took a puck in the face in Thursday's game and did not return. With the Canes eliminated from playoff contention, it is not too pressing that he play in the final game of the season.
Hurricanes' Harrison Won't Return To Thursday's Game
News:Jay Harrison will not return to Thursday's game after taking a puck to the face, Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record reports.
Analysis: The extent is unknown, but Jay Harrison suffered a facial injury, possibly to his nose.
Hurricanes' Harrison Leaves Thursday's Game With Facial Injury
News:Jay Harrison had to leave Thursday's game after a puck hit him in the nose, Newsday's Steve Zipay reports.
Analysis: Consider Jay Harrison day-to-day until more information is available. He left the ice bleeding, but a return to Thursday's game against the Rangers has not been officially ruled out.
News:Jay Harrison picked up an assist in Tuesday's 4-0 blanking of the Capitals, his second straight game with a point.
Analysis: Now with eight points in 24 games, he's roughly on the same pace as last season, when he scored a career-high 23 points in 72 contests. Furthermore, Jay Harrison has seen his average ice time increase from 16-17 minutes at the start of the season to 21-22 minutes currently, with more power-play responsibility to boot. Don't be surprised to see his point totals go up as a result.
Increased Ice Time, Production For Hurricanes' Harrison
News:Jay Harrison has four points (1G, 3A) in his last five games, skating alongside defensive partner Justin Faulk.
Analysis: With Joni Pitkanen now on IR with a lower-body injury, this should have a cascading effect on the rest of the Canes' defensive corps. As an example, Jay Harrison saw almost two minutes of power play time Feb. 12 against the Devils - the same game Pitkanen suffered his injury. He could be in line for an increased workload over the foreseeable future, so be ready to adjust your fantasy lineups accordingly.
News:Jay Harrison scored one of Carolina's three goals in Friday's win over Buffalo, adding an assist as well.
Analysis: The points were his first of the season as Jay Harrison hopes to follow up his surprising nine-goal, 23-point season from one year earlier. He's a sneakily productive defenseman for those in deep leagues that roll many blueliners. The Canes have a bevy of defenders to use on the power play, and odds are Harrison will not see too much time on the man advantage, having seen a modest five seconds in the season's first three games.
News:Jay Harrison signed a three-year extension with the Hurricanes on Tuesday, the team's official site reports.
Analysis:Jay Harrison has one more season remaining on his current contract. Starting in 2013-14, the Ontario native will make $1.5 million per year. He's been under contract with Carolina since signing as a free agent in the summer of 2009. Since then, the defenseman has scored 13 goals and totaled 26 assists in 182 games for the 'Canes.
Canes' Harrison Nominated For Bill Masterton Trophy
News:Jay Harrison has been nominated for the 2012 Bill Masterton trophy, the Raleigh News and Observer reports.
Analysis: Unfortunately for fantasy owners, this trophy does not represent offensive production, but for sportsmanship, perseverance, and dedication to hockey.
News:Jay Harrison scored the game-winning goal Saturday against Boston. He has three points in his last two games, including two game-winning goals.
Analysis: His wrister from the point went through a forest of players from both teams and deflected off Bruins defender Johnny Boychuk before going in. He's been fired up in 2012 -- he has four goals and two assists in six games. Stick the spurs in and ride him hard -- his eight seconds are probably over soon. But he does have a career-high seven goals and 18 points, and could actually hit 30 by season's end.
News:Jay Harrison picked up two goals, one on the power play, Saturday against the Predators.
Analysis: The goals are Jay Harrison's fourth and fifth of the season. After Harrison's electric first week of the season, he has been a non-factor, so wait and see if this is an anomaly before picking him up.
News:Jay Harrison (upper body) picked up an assist in Thursday's loss to the Coyotes.
Analysis:Jay Harrison returned to the ice Sunday after missing nearly a month, so the assist he notched Thursday was his first point since Nov. 21. Harrison has scored 10 points in 25 games this season after putting up the same amount in 72 games last year, so he could be worth keeping an eye on in deeper formats now that he has returned to action.
News:Jay Harrison (upper body) has been cleared for contact and could play as early as Sunday against Florida, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Analysis:Jay Harrison hasn't seen game action since November 20. Prior to the injury, the 29-year-old had taken a much bigger role in the offense, notching nine points in 23 games after just 10 in 72 games last season.
News:Jay Harrison (upper body) will not play Saturday, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Analysis:Jay Harrison has been in and out of practice over the last few days, so it would appear he is at least close to returning to action. Still, he will miss his fifth straight game Saturday and remain day-to-day for now.
News:Jay Harrison (upper body) did not travel with the Hurricanes as they headed to Ottawa for Sunday's game, Raleigh News & Observer writer Chip Alexander reports.
Analysis: It's safe to consider Jay Harrison out for at least one more game. Following Sunday's game, Carolina's next match is against Florida on Tuesday.
News:Jay Harrison (upper body) did not practice Saturday, Raleigh News & Observer writer Chip Alexander reports.
Analysis: It remains unclear how soon Jay Harrison might be able to get back onto the ice.
News:Jay Harrison will not play Friday due to an undisclosed injury, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Analysis: The extent and nature of Jay Harrison's injury are unknown, but he will not play in Friday's game against the Jets. Harrison will be replaced in the lineup by Paul Joslin.
News:Jay Harrison left Sunday's game with an undisclosed injury, but he was able to return shortly thereafter, the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Analysis:Jay Harrison was taken to the locker room briefly with an undisclosed injury. He returned to the ice minutes later and appears to be fine.
News:Jay Harrison scored in Sunday's 4-0 exhibition win over the Jets, the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Analysis:Jay Harrison earns an NHL paycheck for his shutdown efforts in his own zone. Any scoring by the 28-year-old defender is a bonus, as he's collected just four goals in 130 career games.
News: Harrison has re-signed with the Hurricanes, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Analysis: He's more valuable as a stay-at-home type to the 'Canes than as a fantasy contributor. Harrison played in 72 games last season, but tallied just 10 points around a plus-5 rating.
News: Harrison (upper body) will not play Friday night against the Thrashers, the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Analysis: Considered more of a shutdown defender than anything else, Harrison has just 10 points (3 G, 7 A) in 72 games, so we doubt he was on your fantasy radar in the first place.
News: Harrison (upper body) will be scratched from Wednesday's lineup against the Red Wings, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Analysis: Harrison, when healthy, can help tighten up the Carolina defense, but his lack of offense makes him someone to avoid in fantasy circles.
News: Harrison (upper body) was back at practice Friday, according to Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer.
Analysis: Harrison was not able to play last Wednesday against the Capitals, nor was he able to suit up Thursday against the Canadiens. At this point, it is not known if he will lace up his skates Saturday, when the 'Canes face the Islanders on the road.
News: Harrison (upper body) will not be ready to play against the Canadiens on Wednesday night, the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Analysis: It's likely that Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward will miss Harrison's shutdown presence in front of him, but Harrison is a non-factor in the majority of fantasy leagues since he rarely scores or records assists.
News: Harrison (upper body) won't play against Washington on Tuesday, Raleigh News & Observer writer Chip Alexander reports.
Analysis: The team is hopeful that he'll play against Montreal on Wednesday. Harrison's absence shouldn't alter the fantasy realm too much.
News: Harrison will return from his illness Tuesday against the Panthers, the Hurricanes' official site reports.
Analysis: Harrison is more adept at putting opposing players into the side boards than he is putting fantasy points on the scoreboard, so this nugget is more of a "heads up" than anything else.
News: Harrison was a late scratch from Saturday's contest against the Canadiens due to an illness, the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Analysis: Harrison, who reportedly was replaced in the lineup by Brett Carson, had been surging offensively before getting sick. In his last five games, he has four points, including a pair of goals. When healthy, Harrison is more of a stay-at-home defenseman than anything else. He only has 17 points in 118 career games.
News: Harrison posted a goal and an assist in Tuesday's shootout loss to the Rangers.
Analysis: As Harrison had just a goal and five helpers on the year heading into Tuesday's contest, he likely wasn't on your roster. He's a defensive-minded player for Carolina and you can't expect too much production from him, but he does have three points in the last three contests.
News: Harrison was able to return from an injury to his upper body Saturday against Anaheim. In the 4-2 win, he picked up a hooking penalty and 11:39 in total ice time.
Analysis: Harrison is more of a stay-at-home defenseman, so he won't be the one to cause fantasy poolies to adjust their lineups.
News: Harrison (upper body) will be a game-time decision for Saturday's contest against the Ducks, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Analysis: Harrison has missed two games with the injury, but he skated Saturday, which bodes well for his chances of returning. He tends to make Carolina's goalies look better thanks to his defensive prowess, but Harrison is not likely to be owned in fantasy leagues.
News: Harrison (upper body) has not been at practice the past two days and will miss the upcoming two-game road trip beginning Wednesday in Florida against the Panthers, the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Analysis: To help out the team in Harrison's absence, the 'Canes recalled Bryan Rodney from AHL Charlotte.
News: Harrison (upper body) is questionable for Wednesday's contest against the Panthers, the Hurricanes' official site reports.
Analysis: Fantasy hockey poolies won't be losing sleep over Harrison's status. When healthy, he makes up the third defensive pairing for Carolina and does some of the dirty work away from the puck.
News: Harrison left Saturday's game after suffering an upper-body injury in a first-period fight with the Blues' B.J. Crombeen. He did not return.
Analysis: He's not a fantasy force -- he has just three helpers in 27 games. But his loss will be felt on the ice.
News: Harrison posted two assists in Friday's 7-4 loss to the Panthers.
Analysis: Harrison was held pointless in the first 11 games of the season, but suddenly he has three points over his last two contests - all in the form of assists. Still, he's not someone to reach for in fantasy leagues since his main area of expertise is shutting down opponents.
News: The Hurricanes have recalled C Zach Boychuk and D Jay Harrison from the AHL.
Analysis: Both of these guys come up and down from the AHL quite frequently. Harrison has no Fantasy value, while Boychuk is a solid long-term keeper prospect.
News: Hurricanes D Jay Harrison capped his team's scoring with an even-strength goal in the third period of Friday's 7-2 win against the Panthers. Harrison scored his first NHL goal as he beat rookie Alexander Salak at the 15:33 mark.
Analysis: Harrison split the 2008-09 season between Zug of the Swiss National League and the Toronto Maple Leafs. He had six goals and 15 points in 41 games with Zug and one assist in seven games with Toronto. Harrison doesn't have great offensive skills and has a better track record of racking up penalty minutes. Despite the goal, Harrison has minimal Fantasy appeal.
News: The Hurricanes signed defenseman Jay Harrison to a one-year, two-way contract Thursday. "Jay is a big defenseman who has been a depth player in the Toronto system since turning professional," assistant GM Jason Karmanos said. "His size and experience should allow him to compete for a roster spot with the Hurricanes next season."
Analysis: Harrison split the 2008-09 season between Zug of the Swiss National League and the Toronto Maple Leafs. He had six goals and 15 points in 41 games with Zug and one assist in seven games with Toronto. Harrison doesn't have great offensive skills and has a better track record of racking up penalty minutes. If he makes the Hurricanes, Harrison will pretty much just be a flier in leagues that reward heavily for PIM.
News: Defenseman Jay Harrison played his first game for Toronto in two years on Saturday against the Bruins after signing a free-agent contract this week.
Analysis: Harrison hasn't been in the league in two years, so he clearly has little Fantasy value. Keep ignoring him.
News: The Toronto Maple Leafs assigned G Scott Clemmensen, Fs Simon Gamache, Ben Ondrus, Tony Salmelainen, Jiri Tlusty, Jeremy Williams and D Jay Harrison to Toronto of the AHL on Monday.
Analysis: Gamache was drawing praise during training camp and he is likely to be one of the first players recalled if injuries occur. The same holds true for Harrison on defense. Tlusty is a must-have in all long-term keeper Fantasy leagues, but avoid him in seasonal formats for now.
News: The Toronto Maple Leafs have re-signed LW Bates Battaglia to a two-year contract and D Jay Harrison, although the terms of that deal were undisclosed.
Analysis: Each of the two players are only worth using in the deepest of Fantasy leagues at this point. Look for Battaglia to skate on the team's fourth line, while Harrison will likely be a No. 5, 6 or 7 defenseman.
News: The Toronto Sun reports Jay Harrison has been sent to the Toronto Marlies of the AHL for a conditioning assignment on Thursday.
Analysis: Harrison is serving as the team's seventh defenseman and has very low Fantasy appeal.
News: Jay Harrison (hand) is reportedly healthy enough to play, but he was a scratch for Thursday's game at Boston.
Analysis: Harrison does very little when he does get a chance, so avoid him in all Fantasy leagues.
News: Jay Harrison (hand) was unable to play in Monday's game against the Flyers.
Analysis: Harrison remains day to day. Keep him reserved in all larger Fantasy leagues until he can return and prove his health.
News: The Toronto Sun reports Jay Harrison was forced to miss Monday's game against the Thrashers due to a sore right hand. "I don't think it is too serious but at the same time the pain is recurring and we want to make sure," Harrison told the Toronto Sun.
Analysis: When healthy, Harrison is not a recommended Fantasy option in any league.
News: Jay Harrison will make the Maple Leafs opening night roster as a versatile player who can fill in at either defenseman or wing when needed. "You have to start somewhere," Harrison told the Toronto Sun. "It's difficult to break into the best league in the world and play the ice time that you would in the league below. I'm willing to put in the time, no matter what it takes to get my feet wet."
Analysis: Harrison has a good attitude, but it is more than likely he will end up spending most of his time with the Toronto Marlies of the AHL once Brendan Bell (calf), Carlo Colaiacovo (concussion) and Staffan Kronwall (ankle) are healthy enough to go. No Fantasy value here despite his positional versatility.
News: Harrison has just one assist in eight games with the Maple Leafs and a plus-5 rating.
Analysis: Harrison is getting valuable NHL experience due to several injuries to the defensive corps for the Leafs. Once veterans such as Ken Klee (ankle) and Alexander Khavanov (foot) get healthy, he will be back with the Toronto Marlies of the AHL.