For the second time in seven months, Mike Brown finds himself packing up for a new start.
Late on Wednesday night, the Edmonton Oilers traded Brown to the San Jose Sharks for a fourth-round pick in 2014, according to CSN Sharks beat reporter Kevin Kurz.
The Oilers acquired Brown from the Toronto Maple Leafs in March for a conditional fourth-round pick in 2014.
The 28-year-old from Chicago played in eight games with the Oilers this season, failing to register a point while picking up 19 penalty minutes.
Perhaps not coincidentally, San Jose sent Matt Pelech down to the AHL’s Worcester Sharks earlier today. Like Brown, Pelech is considered an enforcer, so it’s likely the deal was in the works for a while.
Brown carries a salary cap hit of $736,667 for this season, and he is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.
Although the Sharks are up against the cap, they made room by placing Dan Boyle on injured reserve.
Brown is a great fit within the Sharks organization, said Sharks executive vice-president and general manager Doug Wilson in a press release.
“Mike plays a speed game and fits the ‘Fast, Hard and Supportive’ mantra that our team wants to play with,” he said.
“He is a player with tremendous character, knows the Western Conference well and brings a tough, physical ingredient to our lineup.”
While the move is a good one for the Sharks, I can’t see how it benefits the Oilers now or later. The fourth-round pick likely won’t amount to much in the long run, and Brown was one of the few players on the Oilers who could stand up for a teammate when called upon.
While Luke Gazdic is a younger, cheaper, more controllable alternative (he’s a restricted free agent in July), the Oilers will miss Brown’s presence in the locker room despite having only played 35 games there.
The Oilers definitely lose some sandpaper in this trade, but only time will tell how things play out.