San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed Group III unrestricted free agent Curtis Brown. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Brown spent last season with the Chicago Blackhawks, where he posted 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) in 71 games. He won 50.6 % of his face-offs last season, tops among all Blackhawks centermen while taking the second-most draws on the Chicago squad (881).
He spent the final 12 games of the 2003-04 season with San Jose after being acquired from the Buffalo Sabres on March 9, posting four points (two goals, two assists).
Brown’s best career NHL season was in 1999-00 when he scored 51 points (22 goals, 29 assists) in 74 games with Buffalo, leading the team with a +19. The previous season, he helped the Sabres reach the Stanley Cup Finals, where they were defeated by Dallas in six games.
In 625 NHL games with Buffalo, San Jose and Chicago, Brown has posted 271 points (116 goals, 155 assists) and 332 penalty minutes, along with a +68 plus/minus rating. He has been a plus player in all but two of his 11 NHL seasons.
In 69 career NHL playoff games, he has added 27 points (14 goals, 13 assists).
He was originally selected by Buffalo in the second round (43rd overall) of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft