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Oilers trade Mike Brown to Sharks


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.

Tags: Edmonton Oilers Mike Brown San Jose Sharks

  • BillHK

    This trade seems to be just a small deal and an adjustment of sorts. Brown has been a non-factor on the ice this season for the Oilers and Gazdic seems to be a better fit for as he’s younger, larger and has played better in the season so far.

    With SMac being injured, they needed to move someone for space to bring up performing players from the farm like Pitlick. Getting a 4th rounder fro him is about the going price for a middleweight enforcer with limited offense.

    Will miss Brown and his stache, but it’s probably a good move by MacT for the current situation. Brown will likely get some ice time with the Sharks and MacT will have a better rapport with the Sharks for a deal near the trade deadline.