Jay Leach (D)
CAREER: 2011-12: Played 21 games, missing 55 games with a lower-body injury … registered two assists … returned to the lineup after missing 12 games against Syracuse on Dec. 14 …returned to the lineup after missing 42 games against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Mar. 31 … registered first point of the year with an assist at Worcester on Apr. 4 … was a plus-2 against Providence on Apr. 14 … 2010-11: Acquired by New Jersey in four-play trade with Worcester on Feb. 9… joined by Steve Zalewski in trade involving Patrick Davis and Michael Swift … had played 50 games for Worchester at time of trade … posted one goal and four assists … was a plus-3 against Portland on Dec. 5 … made Devils debut against Worcester on Feb. 18 … scored first goal as an Albany Devil against Norfolk on Feb. 27 … recalled by New Jersey under emergency conditions on Mar. 26 … finished season in the NHL, showing totals of seven games and seven penalty minutes … 2009-10: Established career highs at the NHL level in games played, points, assists, goals, PIM and plus/minus (plus- 3) … scored his first NHL goal against Nashville on Mar. 11 … registered his first point (assist) as a Shark against Calgary on Jan. 18 … made Sharks debut against Dallas on Dec. 11 … 2008-09: Split time between Lowell (AHL) and New Jersey (NHL) … played 24 games for each team … had four sweater numbers with New Jersey (2,28,25 and 36) … recalled from Lowell four times … posted first NHL point (assist) at Tampa Bay on Nov. 23 … 2007-08: Played for Norfolk (AHL), Portland (AHL) and Tampa Bay (NHL) … appeared in 55 games for Norfolk, posting three goals and eight assists … played 20 games for Portland with three goals and six assists … played two games for Tampa Bay … helped Portland each the Eastern Conference Finals … 2006-07: Spent the entire season in Providence and led team in PIM with 128 … had two goals and five assists … 2005-06: Played 71 game for Providence (AHL) and two games for Boston (NHL) … finished third among Providence defensemen in scoring … made NHL debut against Pittsburgh on Nov. 5 … 2004-05: Played for Providence (AHL) and Trenton (ECHL) … 2003-04: Played in 60 games between four teams in two leagues … 2002-03: Finished third among Augusta (ECHL) defensemen in points … also made AHL debut with Springfield … 2001-02: Made pro debut …
OTHER: Grew up in the Capital Region, living in Altamont, N.Y. … had 52 points in four years at Providence College … father (Chris) played at St. Lawrence University … uncle (Mark) is an amateur scout with Detroit … wife is Kathryn Tappen, studio host for Boston Bruins telecasts on NESN …
TRANSACTIONS: Signed as a free agent by Boston, Sept. 26, 2003 … signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay, July 3, 2007 … signed as a free agent by New Jersey, July 17, 2008 … claimed on waivers by Montreal from New Jersey, Nov. 6, 2009 … claimed on waivers by San Jose from Montreal, Dec. 1, 2009 … traded to New Jersey by San Jose with Steve Zalewski for Patrick Davis and Michael Swift, Feb. 9, 2011.