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Montreal claims Jay Leach on recall waivers

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11-06-2009, 01:59 PM
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LMAO. Wikipedia is always good for a laugh! I just looked up his Wikipedia page and it says this:

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Jay Leach was drafted in the fifth round (115th overall) by the Phoenix Coyotes. After spending several years in minor hockey leagues, he signed as a free agent with the Boston Bruins on September 26, 2003. With this team he appeared in his first two NHL games during the 2005-06 season, collecting no points and seven penalty minutes. Leach spent most of his time in the Bruins organization with their AHL affiliate in Providence. On July 3, 2007, he was signed as a free agent by the Tampa Bay Lightning. He played in two games for the Lightning during the 2007-08 season, but spent most of the season in the AHL. On February 26, 2008 he was traded to the Anaheim Ducks. He signed with the New Jersey Devils during the 2008 offseason. On November 6, 2009, Leach was claimed by the Montreal Canadiens through re-entry waivers, he was then traded to Pittsburgh Penguins for Sidney Crosby and Marc-André Fleury.

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Leach is an okay defenseman. No offensive instincts, of course, but he won't hurt you in his own end most of the time. He's a #7, that's what we were calling him up to be.

Not sure what the Devils are going to do for depth now. Call up Davison or Eckford probably.

I actually feel the worst for Lowell, they just lost their Captain for nothing.

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11-06-2009, 02:26 PM
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Leach is an okay defenseman. No offensive instincts, of course, but he won't hurt you in his own end most of the time. He's a #7, that's what we were calling him up to be.

Not sure what the Devils are going to do for depth now. Call up Davison or Eckford probably.

I actually feel the worst for Lowell, they just lost their Captain for nothing.
That sounds fine to me.

With Markov, O'Byrne and Gill out the Habs are down to 6 healthy d-men, two of which are small and fringe (MA Bergeron and Mathieu Carle).

O'Byrne should be back in 2 weeks which will likely mean that either Carle or Leach goes to the AHL.

And we just continue to cross our fingers that the Habs can hang in there till Markov gets back!

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having seen enough of the guy in the AHL I am shocked that someone thinks he can be a NHL defenseman.
He was pretty bad in the AHL whenever I have seen him with Providence, Portland and Lowell.


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I'll take a wild guess and assume that this was done as a precautionary move since the Habs D are dropping like flies. With Markov, O'Byrne, and Gill injured, plus last night Spacek was injured but came back. The Habs have Alex Henry who has been out since preseason but is due back any day now and might be ready this weekend but if not they have on the farm, PK Subban, Yanick Weber, Andre Benoit, Fred St-Denis and Chad Anderson plus Mike Butso who I think is now healthy.

So with the Habs playing tomorrow and Hamilton playing tonight and Sunday, the Habs and Dogs are very thin on defensemen if anything is wrong with Spacek. If not they would have to call someone from Hamilton which would mean they would have to play with 5 D.

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Who cares he'll play in Hamilton anyways...
I'm pretty sure since it was reentry he'll be staying up with the habs. I don't think you can claim on reentry and then send him down right away without losing him

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I'm pretty sure since it was reentry he'll be staying up with the habs. I don't think you can claim on reentry and then send him down right away without losing him
Leach cannot be waived to be sent down for thirty days, and if Montreal attempted to I suspect New Jersey would claim him back.

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He's servicable. He won't hurt you playing 14 minutes a night in a fill-in basis. He's servicable defensively, but he's a terrible skater and makes Colin White look like Bobby Orr.

Not the worst fill-in guy to have though.

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11-06-2009, 04:16 PM
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LMAO. Wikipedia is always good for a laugh! I just looked up his Wikipedia page and it says this:
hahaha :-)

Seriously, in the "Jay Leach on waivers" thread everyone kept saying the Habs would pick him up, for once people around here are right and not proposing "JORDAN STAAL FOR THE SEDIN TWINS"

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11-06-2009, 05:02 PM
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to help people understand the kind of player he is, let me put things into persepctive.

right now the devils defense is

white-mottau
salvadore-greene
fraser-murphy

jay leach was then called up to probably replaced muprhy.

think of him as a terrible, slow version of brendan witt
Glad he's going to mtl then.

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11-06-2009, 05:07 PM
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cuz yannick is an ahl softmore needs to develop more but next year he deserves a starting job on habs roster but he'll have to earn that up against matthieu carle

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He's bad, not sure why the Habs didn't call up Mark Weber instead.
Gill and O'Byrne, both big guys, are out long term. They needed some size on the third pairing.

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obyrne be back end november same with gill

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having seen enough of the guy in the AHL I am shocked that someone thinks he can be a NHL defenseman.
He was pretty bad in the AHL whenever I have seen him with Providence, Portland and Lowell.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but if Leach was claimed off re-entry waivers, the Habs got him for half price, right? Not a big gamble for a team with 3 regulars in the IR in Markov, O'Byrne and Gill...

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