FINALLY, this is the move we’ve all been waiting for.
What’s the most logical thing to do when you’re getting outscored, outchanced, and outplayed?
What’s the response when your team fails to get a shot in the entire second period of a 4-2 loss? The answer is clear as day.
You trade for a fourth line guy who has ‘sandpaper and ‘grit’ and some other intangible that usually doesn’t show up on the scoresheet.
Meet the newest Edmonton Oiler, Mike Brown.
Mike Brown was acquired for what was originally thought to be multiple picks (per Aaron Ward), but what turned out to be just a fourth round pick. It turns out to be a third round pick if the Oilers make the playoffs. If there’s a plus side to this trade, it’s that the Oilers didn’t give up the farm to get a tough guy.
Brown averages about four or five minutes per night, and has 70 penalty minutes (good for third in the league). He figured around about nine minutes of ice time per game in 2011-12. He’ll be placed on the fourth line and asked to do his thing for likely the same amount of time in an Oiler sweater.
NUMBERS ABOUT BROWN
The 27 year old Mike Brown has played in 254 career NHL games, has 25 points (14-11-25, .098 points per game) and 519 PIMS. If you’ve never seen Mike Brown on the wing, this will bring you up to speed.
Is the move terrible?
Does it help the Oilers immediately?
There’ll be a few more fighting majors.
Brown will join the team in Columbus.
HERE’S WHERE THE REAL FUN BEGINS
The Oilers will have to make a roster move in order to fit Brown on the team. It could be something like putting Fistric to IR retroactively. That’ll work for a game or two, but after that, something else will happen.
They could also send Magnus Paajarvi down to OKC, which would be pretty dumb, but not out of the question.
So, welcome aboard and go do your thing, Mike Brown. We’ll be watching.
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