The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Monday that the hockey club has re-signed forwards Ben Ondrus and Ryan Hamilton to one-year contracts. The Maple Leafs also signed a trio of free agent forwards including Jay Rosehill to a two-year contract, Tim Brent to a one-year contract, and Richard Greenop to a three-year entry level contract.
“Ondrus is a consummate professional,” said Burke. “He is a very good example of leadership and commitment for our young prospects and adds great depth to our organization.”
Ondrus, 27, played 11 games for the Maple Leafs this past season, registering 34 penalty minutes. The Sherwood Park, Alberta native was also the team captain of the Maple Leafs' American Hockey League affiliate, the Toronto Marlies. In 52 career NHL games, all with the Maple Leafs, he has recorded two assists and 77 minutes in penalties.
Hamilton, 24, split the 2008-09 season with the AHL's Houston Aeros and Toronto Marlies. The 6-2, 219-pound Oshawa, Ontario native was acquired by the Maple Leafs on January 21, 2009 in exchange for Robbie Earl.
Rosehill, 23, split this past season with the AHL's Norfolk Admirals and Toronto Marlies, registering seven goals and eight assists for 15 points with 275 minutes in penalties. His 275 penalty minutes were second overall in the AHL. Rosehill, a native of Olds, Alberta was originally selected by Tampa Bay in the seventh round, 227th overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
Brent, 25, played two games for the Chicago Blackhawks in 2008-09 and registered two assists. The 6-0, 197-pound Cambridge, Ontario native was originally Anaheim's second choice, selected 37th overall, in the 2002 Entry Draft and played for the former Toronto St. Michael's Majors in the OHL.
Greenop, 20, won the Memorial Cup last season with the Ontario Hockey League's Windsor Spitfires. The native of Oshawa, Ontario was originally selected by Chicago in the sixth round, 156th overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.