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Is Toronto a Brown Town?

- February 24th, 2012

Rick Nash? James Van Riemsdyk? Evgeni Nabokov? Jonathan Bernier? Steve Ott? Ryan Malone?

Who will the Maple Leafs end up with by the Feb. 27 trade deadline, if anyone?

However it ends up, you can add Dustin Brown’s name to the list of players the Leafs are said to be interested in.

With Jay Rosehill and Darryl Boyce being placed on waivers Friday morning, speculation ballooned throughout Toronto that the team was clearing roster space for the prospect of welcoming incoming players involved in a potential deal.

How that plays out remains to be seen.

What does seem apparent, however, is the Leafs’ interest in Brown, the Los Angeles Kings captain who fits Toronto’s thirst for a power forward.

Once again among the league leader in hits with 215, Brown, like the rest of his team, is having problems putting points on the board this season, registering just 14 goals and 17 assists in 61 games. At the same time, this is a guy who has registered 50-plus points in each of the past three seasons.

With a cap hit of $3.2 million US per year for the next two seasons, Brown’s contract would be easy to digest for the Leafs. Keep in mind, too, that Brown played for coach Ron Wilson and general manager Brian Burke during the 2010 Vancouver Olympics for Team USA.

According to various reports, the Boston Bruins, New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers are among the other teams said to be interested in Brown.

mike.zeisberger@sunmedia.ca
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