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Sharks acquire ‘tough, physical ingredient’ in Mike Brown

Oct 21, 2013, 11:30 PM EDT

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The San Jose Sharks have acquired Mike Brown from the Edmonton Oilers, in exchange for a fourth-round pick in next year’s NHL Draft.

The Sharks announced the trade not long after defeating the Detroit Red Wings 1-0 in the shootout on Monday evening.

“Mike plays a speed game and fits the ‘Fast, Hard and Supportive’ mantra that our team wants to play with,” said Sharks general manager Doug Wilson in a statement.

“He is a player with tremendous character, knows the Western Conference well and brings a tough, physical ingredient to our line-up.”

Brown, 28, has played in 289 NHL games with the Vancouver Canucks, Anaheim Ducks, Toronto Maple Leafs and Oilers.

In that span, he’s scored 15 goals and 26 points. So, the Sharks didn’t acquire him for his offensive skills. They got him for his grit. He has accrued 591 penalty minutes over the course of his career.

The Sharks also announced that defenseman Dan Boyle has been placed on injured reserve.

Last week, Boyle had to be taken off the ice on a stretcher when he was hit from behind into the boards by St. Louis Blues forward Maxim Lapierre.

Lapierre was handed a five-game suspension by the NHL for the hit.

The Sharks have also announced that forwards Freddie Hamilton and John McCarthy from the Worcester Sharks in the American Hockey League, while forward Matt Pelech has been reassigned to Worcester.

  1. sjtorpitt - Oct 21, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Dammit DW. Better not turn into a waste of a 4th rounder for someone we don’t need.

  2. sjsharks86 - Oct 22, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    This move was clearly made in the spirit of fairness to give other teams a fighting chance (in the regular season at least). This dude is TERRIBLE.

    • withseidelinn - Oct 22, 2013 at 10:52 AM

      He’s not that bad actually. Speedy as hell and finishes every check. Obviously not afraid to drop the mitts either.

      • joey4id - Oct 22, 2013 at 5:20 PM

        Ok. But! Is he the missing piece of the puzzle? Hmmm…..

  3. Windmiller4 - Oct 22, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    Seems like a 4th round pick is a little more than he’s worth.

  4. sjsharks66 - Oct 22, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    Really interesting signing.

  5. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Oct 22, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Brent Burns’s competition for ‘Movember’ just got real!

  6. c9castine - Oct 22, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    trying to figure out why edmonton would make this trade. edmonton is pretty easy to play against in that category. they sure dont need draft picks. must have decided mike brown wasnt worth the role he was supposed to play or something.

  7. skr213 - Oct 22, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    Why is there confusion here? Some teams have already been taking liberties with the Sharks (Hertl, Boyle, etc.) and we currently don’t have anyone who is an old school “enforcer” to keep other teams honest. This was a needed move in order to keep our stars healthy.

  8. rebel21das - Oct 22, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    I love it and skr213 said it all, he keeps teams honest and without Torres on the ice for the time being the Sharks need another bruiser, I just can’t wait until Torres and Brown are on the ice at the same time, should be funny to see how other teams react to that pair skating around during a game.

    • pandorasdadca - Oct 22, 2013 at 6:04 PM

      Epic violence with those two on the ice.

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