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12-04-2003, 09:10 PM
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I gotta go with g2k, although I voted that the deal was insignificant. Really, Brown would likely never have been more than a #5, marginal #4 dman in Edmonton, and the Oil seem to have a gift for picking up guys who fill that role admirably. I liked him in Edmonton though, and I really thought he was starting to get better. He was deserving more ice time the way he was playing before he left, I think, so if he was asking for it then he was justified.

Maybe one of the reasons he's slumped ever since is he gave up? Who knows.

Either way, doesn't matter now - he's gone, Allen's in and playing well in the AHL. Allen may never amount to more than a good AHL dman, but there'd be no room for Brownie on the current roster anyway, unless he far exceeded expectations and became what Matt Greene is supposed to be.

(I wonder though, are those who criticise Brown for taking bad penalties the same ones lamenting the fact that Laraque never runs amok? I haven't bothered to check, and I won't, but if I just described you, well, give your head a shake.)

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