The Montreal Canadiens claimed tough guy forward Mike Brown off of waivers midway through the 2015-16 season, bringing the 30-year-old Chicago native into the system from the Pacific Division’s San Jose Sharks.
Now, the team could be looking to bring him back.
Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports suggested on Saturday that the Canadiens are interested in bringing Brown back into the system, along with fellow mid-season pickup Victory Bartley (who came on board as part of the team’s three-way deal to acquire John Scott from the Arizona Coyotes and send Jarred Tinordi out of the system).
Undrafted at the NHL level, Bartley played just nine games for Montreal’s blue line, spending the majority of his season at the AHL level with either the St. John’s Ice Caps or the Milwaukee Admirals. Bringing him back could be nothing more than minor league depth for the team.
Brown, on the other hand, played exclusively in the NHL in both San Jose and Montreal – and although he put up a goal and two points in 14 games for Montreal’s roster as a fourth line enforcer of sorts, he certainly didn’t do much to improve the already poor possession metrics the Atlantic Division team put up in their plummet down the standings.
Brown, drafted 159th overall by the Vancouver Canucks in 2004, has posted a collective 19 goals and 36 points to go with his 778 career penalty minutes through 407 NHL games.