Leafs add another body

MIKE ZEISBERGER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 3:54 PM ET

WASHINGTON - The trade deadline has come and gone, but that hasn't stopped the Maple Leafs from adding reinforcements.

Forward Jeff Hamilton, the former Carolina Hurricane, New York Islander and Chicago Blackhawk, has been signed and is expected to be in the lineup tonight against the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center.

Hamilton was at the rink for the team's morning skate today but did not practice with the Leafs because "the paperwork was still being completed."

Hamilton scored 18 goals with the Hawks in 2006-07, followed by a nine-goal performance with the Canes last season. He has racked up 16 goals and 37 assists for the Chicago Wolves when he was contacted by the Leafs.

"It's amazing," Hamilton said. "I told my wife: Who would have imagined a kid from Englewood, Ohio would be playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs?

"It's funny, but coach (Ron) Wilson actually went to the same junior high as I did."

The Leafs also called up forward Ben Ondrus from the Marlies. He also is expected to face the Capitals tonight.


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