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Sharks deal Boyes for Brown
Top prospect shipped in 3-team deal
3/9/04 - by Mike Lee

The Sharks shipped Brad Boyes, their top prospect, to the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday in exchange for former Sharks defenseman Jeff Jillson, before packaging Jillson along with a 9th round pick in 2005 in exchange for Curtis Brown and Andy Delmore. Delmore was then sent to Boston for future considerations. The transaction was the only one executed by Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson by the time the NHL's trade had expired on Tuesday.

Brown, a 28-year old forward has ten years of NHL experience and is regarded as a role player that is intended to fill the void created by Marco Sturm, who suffered a season ending leg injury last Friday night in Colorado.

"I'm excited to be part of the team," said Brown. "When San Jose came to Buffalo, we talked a lot about how good they were and that they had good team speed."

Brown has posted 252 points (109 goals, 143 assists) and 288 penalty minutes in 542 NHL games. The six-foot, 196-pound native of Unity, Saskatchewan has scored 9 goals and added 12 assists in 68 games this season. He has scored 20 or more goals twice in the last five seasons.

"Curtis Brown epitomizes the type of player we want around here," said Wilson. "He possesses speed, versatility and character and can play any style of hockey. He accepted his role in Buffalo during his time there. A lot of work went into today's trade deadline and we are pleased with the results."

Boyes, 22, has notched 60 points (25 goals, 35 assists) this season for the Cleveland BArons. The Mississaugua, Ontario native was acquired by San Jose with Alyn McCauley and a first-round selection in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft from Toronto in exchange for Owen Nolan on March 5, 2003.

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