Perrott signs, but may not stick

LANCE HORNBY, MIKE ZEISBERGER and STEVE SIMMONS -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:14 AM ET

Winger Nathan Perrott didn't get the one-way contract he wanted, but agreed to a one-year, two-way deal yesterday, allowing him to start camp with the Maple Leafs on time.

"I'm happy," he insisted, even though he faces great uncertainty if he winds up with the Marlies roster. "I know I'll get a fair chance (at camp). I worked out all summer and played in St. John's last year, so I'm ready."

Defenceman Brad Brown revealed yesterday that his one-year deal is also a two-way pact.

THREE-MAN RUSH

Jason Allison, marvelling at the depth the Leafs have in the middle with Mats Sundin, Eric Lindros and himself, says not to get hung up on who ranks one, two and three.

"You might get 10 games where it's Eric who is No. 1," Allison said. "You might get 10 games where it's Mats and 10 games where it's me.

"I don't know many teams that have three centres with 80- to 90-point ability, if we're healthy."

VALHALLA INN

Leafs captain Sundin has taken young countryman Alex Steen under his wing. The two will be camp roommates.

Though coach Pat Quinn said Mariusz Czerkawksi was going to begin camp playing on Sundin's right side, the latter expects to open with Darcy Tucker and Nik Antropov on his line in tomorrow's scrimmage.

NUMBERS GAME

Unsigned winger Steve Thomas knew he was in an uphill battle right away yesterday. His familiar No. 32 is now owned by goalie Mikael Tellqvist. Thomas settled for 33.

Alexander Khavanov was going to be No. 27, but went to 25 so Bryan Marchment could take his old sweater. Robert Reichel's departure allowed Czerkawski to take the 21 he had as a New York Islander.


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