Harrington was extended a qualifying offer by the Blue Jackets before Monday's deadline, The Columbus Dispatch reports. Just acquired from the Maple Leafs in the Kerby Rychel deal, Harrington split time between Toronto's NHL and AHL squads but scored only four points in 32 games between them as he dealt with an upper body injury. The 23-year-old projects as a stay-at-home defenseman with limited offense, but he could find his way onto one of the Blue Jackets' bottom pairings this season if the club can find a taker for Fedor Tyutin's contract.
The Blue Jackets acquired Harrington and a conditional fifth-round draft pick from the Maple Leafs on Saturday. Harrington was used sparingly by the Leafs last season, appearing in only 15 games with one point (an assist) recorded in that span. He's a big defender and still has potential as a second-round draft choice from 2011, but it's worth noting that he jumps from one losing NHL team to another, so it's doubtful his role changes much despite donning a new sweater -- he could start off in the minors next season.
Harrington has been assigned to the AHL Marlies. Harrington is best utilized in his own zone, though he's been known to set up scores every now and then. Last season, when he belonged to the Penguins' organization, Harrington produced two goals and 12 assists with AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to complement a plus-19 rating.
Harrington (upper body) has been activated off of injured reserve, Dhiren Mahiban of the Canadian Press reports. While he is available to play, Harrington hasn't been a difference maker for the Leafs this season. He has a single point, a minus-1 rating, and is averaging just 16:03 time on ice per game through seven games.
Harrington (upper body) was placed on IR on Monday, David Alter of the National Post reports. Harrington had been held out of the past two contests with an upper-body injury, though the severity of the setback is still unclear. The move will clear a roster spot for Nick Spaling, who was activated off IR earlier Monday.
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