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Trade: Oilers acquire Brown from Toronto

Mar 4, 2013, 11:18 AM EDT

Dan Ellis, Mike Brown, Victor Hedman AP

The Edmonton Oilers beefed up their roster on Monday by acquiring Mike Brown from Toronto. In exchange, the Leafs get a fourth-round pick in 2014 that becomes a third-rounder if the Oilers make the playoffs this year.

Brown, 27, has appeared in 12 games for the Maple Leafs this season, recording one assist while racking up 70 PIM (with five fighting majors).

He averaged 4:39 time on ice per game, but hasn’t played since recording his lone point of the year in a loss to Montreal on Feb. 27.

It’s easy to see why this move was made.

Edmonton has openly stated its desire to add toughness in recent weeks — the team reportedly had interest in ex-Canuck Aaron Volpatti  before he was claimed off waivers by the Capitals.

That said, it’s curious the organization felt the need for more toughness given it already has Theo Peckham, Mark Fistric and Ben Eager (not to mention the fact Darcy Hordichuk was sent to AHL Oklahoma City earlier this year.)

As for Toronto, it could afford to lose Brown.

The club has three legitimate tough guys in the lineup — Colton Orr, Frazer McLaren, Mark Fraser — who have combined to fight 15 times already this year.

  1. xflyersx - Mar 4, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Need to know for my ESPN streak for the cash. Do the Leafs beat NJ tonight?

    • r8rbhawk - Mar 4, 2013 at 11:53 AM

      Why waste your time at ESPN for hockey? At least you were smart enough to come to a real hockey site to gather hockey intel.

    • valoisvipers - Mar 4, 2013 at 4:54 PM

      Take the Leafs as the Devils are having trouble scoring and Marty is still hurt.

      • valoisvipers - Mar 5, 2013 at 9:12 AM

        xflyersx Is my check in the mail?

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 4, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Good move. I really like the way Brown plays but out of our four grinders he was clearly the most expendable one. Best of luck to him in Edmonton.

    • worldseriestiger - Mar 4, 2013 at 12:34 PM

      I think it was less about him being expendable and more about him being the only one that would bring anything in return…no way ANY team offers even a 7th round pick in 2015 for Orr or McLaren

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 4, 2013 at 3:16 PM

        Probably both factors came into play here.

  3. dbarnes79 - Mar 4, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    Sorry to see him leave the Leafs. Good energy player with a lot of character and toughness. Roster spot needed to be opened for Frattin.

  4. withseidelinn - Mar 4, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    His moustache will be missed the most in TO

  5. thehighcountrybear - Mar 4, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    Looks like the arms race is heating up out west…? Sestito to Canucks, Flames bring in McGrattan [ biff, punch, boffo, grunt ]…as a deterrent, Oilers get Brown? Let the festivities begin…

  6. cowboyscanada - Mar 4, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    My team (Montreal) needs to get tougher, we could have used him!

  7. lek9898 - Mar 4, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    Thanx Brownie , I always enjoyed the ENERGY you brought to the Leafs !!
    I thought You we’re a Diamond in the Rough , keep pushin , Budd !!
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR DEDICATION OVER THE YEARS !!

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