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