The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded forward Mike Brown to the Edmonton Oilers for a conditional fourth-round pick in 2014. The 27-year-old had just one assist this season, but ranked third in the National Hockey League with 70 penalty minutes. Brown has played in 254 career games and collected 14 goals and 11 assists, with 519 PIM. He had spent time with the Vancouver Canucks and Anaheim Ducks before being acquired by Toronto.
The move essentially just seems to be a way for the Leafs to clear some roster space. With Joffrey Lupul and Matt Frattin returning to action soon, there simply wouldn’t have been enough room for Brown, Frazer McLaren, and Colton Orr to all spend time in the lineup.
Out of the three tough guys, it’s interesting that the Leafs would move Brown. Granted, McLaren has done a fine job since being picked up off waivers from the San Jose Sharks and Colton Orr is skating a bit better than last year, but Brown is clearly the most versatile. He has some speed, can get in on the forecheck, and can even be used in a penalty killing role from time to time.
With that being said, Brown surely would have garnered the most interest on the trade market. If the Leafs wanted to get rid of McLaren or Orr it would probably have been through waivers, and they wouldn’t have received anything in return.