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Coach Bill Peters says he is still auditioning linemates to play alongside McClement this season, Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News & Observer reports. "All I know is I'm looking for somebody who can play with Jay McClement, on either side, be a responsible player, and play against the best players in the league," Peters said. "Whether that's a third-line checking line, or if I miss on a matchup they're my security blanket, I don't know that yet. We need a responsible line that's basically our template on how to play. They do it right each and every night. �JMac' and two others."

When McClement signed with the Hurricanes as a free agent in July, he was expected to fill a similar role to the one he played last season in Toronto - be a defensively responsible fourth-line center, play with hustle and energy, win faceoffs and kill penalties. However, now that Jordan Staal is out 3-4 months with a broken leg, it sounds like Peters is looking at him with more of a third-line role in mind. That said, it's difficult to imagine him seeing significantly more ice time than the 15 or so minutes he's averaged over the past two seasons. Bottom line, scoring goals will not be high on McClement's to-do list this season, which keeps his fantasy value fairly low in most formats. Best to avoid him outside of deeper leagues which count faceoffs won and penalty-kill minutes as stat categories.

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Jay McClement is projected to serve as the Hurricanes' fourth-line center in 2014-15.

McClement will also help kill penalties after inking a one-year, $1 million contract. "I take pride in penalty killing," said McClement, an alternate captain for the Leafs. "That's been a big part of my role wherever I have been. Special teams can win games, and penalty killing can be the difference in winning and losing games." He obviously has no fantasy value in standard leagues though.

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Jay McClement signed a one year deal with the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday evening worth $1 million.

"Jay is a veteran centerman who is proficient in the faceoff circle," said Canes' GM Ron Francis. "He'll also provide elements of consistency and leadership for our club." The 31 year old veteran also spent an abundance of time killing penalties for Toronto last season, and is a big, blue-collar forward who can help Carolina improve their play in their own zone.

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Jay McClement's agent says there have been no talks with the Toronto Maple Leafs, and none are planned between the team and this soon-to-be unrestricted free agent.

McClement has been a solid role player in Toronto for the past two seasons, taking important defensive zone draws and earning loads of shorthanded ice time for the past two years. He had just 10 points in 81 games last season, but could be a solid addition for any team looking for a bottom-six blue collar center. McClement earned $1.5 million last season and could be in for a raise.

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Jay McClement had a goal and four shots in Toronto's win against Calgary on Tuesday night.

He opened the scoring for the struggling Leafs to help them snap an eight-game losing streak. The penalty killing specialist has 10 points and 30 penalty minutes in 76 games this season.

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Jay McClement returned to action on Thursday February 27.

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Jay McClement suffered an upper-body injury during Saturday's contest.

McClement was hurt when he crashed awkwardly into the boards. The silver lining is that the Olympic break has started, so he'll get a few weeks to rest up without missing any NHL playing time.

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Jay McClement registered his first goal of the season Sunday against Boston.

He had four shots and won 14 of 19 faceoffs in the contest. McClement has three points in 30 games. He means more to the Leafs than he does in fantasy circles, as he ranks first among all players in shorthanded ice time.

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Jay McClement is projected to center Toronto's second line on Friday night in Buffalo.

That will put him between Joffrey Lupul and David Clarkson. McClement is better known for his work on the penalty kill, where he averages the second-most ice time in the league at 4:37 per game, than his offensive potential. He has one assist in 17 games this season. The Leafs have limited options down the middle with Tyler Bozak and Dave Bolland injured and Nazem Kadri suspended, so McClement gets a promotion.

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Jay McClement rejoined the Toronto Maple Leafs for Wednesday's practice.

McClement missed Tuesday's game to be with his wife and his newborn child. He's not a big player in fantasy circles, but he helps out the Maple Leafs defensively.