The Edmonton Oilers decided to part ways with fourth-line forward Mike Brown this week. Brown was traded to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick yesterday.

Brown is a player who has had to move around quite a bit over the past few years as he was picked up by the Toronto Maple Leafs and then traded to the Oilers. Brown is a typical fourth-line player who doesn’t mind dropping the gloves in defence of one of his teammates or just to try and change the momentum of a game.

That’s exactly why the first-place Sharks made the trade for him. Perhaps acquiring Brown was a way to replace Ryan Clowe and to add some more toughness to the lineup.

Either way, I don’t think Brown cares too much. After all, he’s going from the last-place team in the Oilers to the first-place Sharks. I don’t believe this is a trade where both sides win.

However, the fact that Brown only scored one goal in 35 games with the Oilers tells me the Oilers will probably be better off this way. I certainly hope Brown will be able to make the most of this opportunity.

It’s not very often that a fourth-line winger gets picked up by the top-ranked team in the league this early in the season. Guys like Brown usually get picked up late in the season by teams who are in rebuild mode. One thing’s for sure, the Sharks will get to see a few more fights thanks to this trade. I can’t wait to see who Brown drops the gloves with first.

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