American-born forward Mike Brown has been known around the NHL for the last handful of seasons as a fourth line grinder and physical tough guy – and while he hasn’t managed to earn a free agent contract with an NHL club for the upcoming season, he could have one headed his way in the near future.
The Columbus Blue Jackets confirmed on Wednesday morning, via Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch, that Brown has been inked to a professional tryout contract with the Metropolitan Division club.
Drafted 159th overall by the Vancouver Canucks in 2004, the 31-year-old forward has spent his NHL career with a handful of different clubs – including Vancouver, the Anaheim Ducks, the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Edmonton Oilers, and the Montreal Canadiens. In the process, he’s put up just 19 goals and 36 points – despite playing in 407 career NHL games – but has also managed to rack up 778 penalty minutes in the process.
For Columbus, this doesn’t seem like a tryout contract that’s likely to pan out into much. The club needs a bit more forward depth, but Brown lacks much in the way of offensive ability – at least at the NHL level. Compared to the team’s other two PTO signees – forward Jarret Stoll and defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron – he’s a much bigger long shot.
If he’s hoping to find his way back into the league for another season, though, a PTO is certainly the most likely way for that to happen.