Montreal Canadiens claim Jay Leach off re-entry waivers from Devils

Jay Leach, a 6'4'', 200 lb, defenseman, played 24 games last season with the New Jersey Devils, notching one assist and recording 21 PIM.

The 30 year-old Leach was drafted in the 5th round (115th overall) of the 1998 NHL draft by the Phoenix Coyotes.

Leach plays a gritty and physical game, something lacking in Montreal with the injuries to towering defensemen Ryan O'Byrne and Hall Gill.

Leach will join the Canadiens in Montreal. He was playing in Lowell, the AHL affiliate of the Devils.

Also, Alex Henry was removed from IR and placed on waivers to go to Hamilton as the new captain of the Bulldogs.