One last name for Leafs defence

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:14 AM ET

The Maple Leafs yesterday signed journeyman defenceman Brad Brown.

The burly 29-year-old free agent defenceman signed a one-year deal yesterday, a move that will make it even harder for a kid to crack the Toronto defence this autumn.

"He's in the external group right now, in that he didn't come up through our team like a Carlo Colaiacovo, but he could join the internal group in a hurry," general manager John Ferguson said last night. "He's a hard working defenceman and we feel he has a great chance to help us."

In 330 National Hockey League games, the 6-foot-4 Brown has two goals, 27 assists and 747 penalty minutes. Brown, who played for the Toronto Red Wings of the MTHL and the St. Mike's Jr. Bs, was most recently with the Buffalo Sabres.

Ferguson also said yesterday that veteran forward Mike Keane would not be attending camp on a tryout basis.


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