New Leaf a visor fan

STEVE BUFFERY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 12:14 PM ET

Whether or not to wear a visor has been a hot topic this season around the Air Canada Centre.

Defenceman Mike Van Ryn struggled with the idea after suffering two concussions this season and numerous facial lacerations, but has elected to wear one permanently.

After suffering a 35-stitch cut just above his left eye in Toronto's 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals on Thursday, defenceman Jeff Finger said he will wear a visor for the rest of the season.

Not only does newcomer Jeff Hamilton wear a visor, his is tinted, which is unusual.

STICK TO EYE

During the 2003-04 season, when he played for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL, Hamilton took a stick to his left eye and damaged his pupil, and he still has some sight issues.

"I lost some vision and damaged my pupils so it's real light-sensitive," Hamilton said yesterday, when asked about the tinted visor. "So it helps with the glare and the bright lights.

"It's just real sensitive when I'm outside in the sun without sun glasses, basically walking around like this ... It doesn't look too pretty," Hamilton said with a laugh, while winking. "I lost some central vision, but I have all my peripheral. So I got pretty lucky that way."

The Leafs signed the 31-year-old Hamilton as their roster has been depleted with forwards Nik Antropov and Dominic Moore being traded last week. The Englewood, Ohio native was put on a line with centre John Mitchell and Jason Blake on Thursday against Washington and he picked up an assist. The Leafs don't have any real long-term plans for Hamilton, though the 5-foot-10, 185-pound winger does have a history of scoring at all levels, including 18 goals with the Chicago Blackhawks during the 2006-07 season and 27 goals in 33 games for Yale University in the 1997-98 season.

"Realistically, he's more than likely a fill-in for the rest of the season so we didn't have to take young people away from the Marlies where they're starting to jell as a team and improve as individuals," said Wilson, alluding specifically to forward Jiri Tlusty. Tlusty has been red-hot as recently for the Marlies. He recorded a franchise record six points (two goals, four assists) in a 6-4 win on March 4.

"Logically, it would have made sense to bring up Tlusty because he's dominated the (AHL) for six weeks, but we want to see him dominate the (AHL) for the rest of the season and hopefully into the playoffs, and that might insure that he's a more complete player when next season comes around," Wilson said.


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