Looking to replace the injured Jason Blake for Thursday's game at Ottawa, the Maple Leafs passed on former NHLers Mark Bell and Boyd Devereaux.

Instead, a Toronto club that could use a little sandpaper in the lineup recalled tough guy Andre Deveaux from its American Hockey League affiliate on Wednesday.

Blake, made a healthy scratch by head coach Ron Wilson earlier this season, will sit against the Senators with a suspected concussion.

He left Tuesday night's 6-3 home loss to the Atlanta Thrashers after getting hit by Colby Armstrong in the third period.

Deveaux, 24, has six goals and 54 penalty minutes in 13 games with the Marlies this season.

The six-foot-four, 217-pound centre just completed a four-game suspension for an attack on Manitoba Moose defenceman Nolan Baumgartner.

Deveaux, who was drafted 182nd overall by the Montreal Canadiens in 2002, has yet to appear in an NHL game.