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2023 Free Agency

Connor Brown To Edmonton? It’d Be ‘Awesome’ To Reunite With McDavid, He Says



Washington Capitals' Connor Brown plays during a preseason NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The Edmonton Oilers appear to be one of the favored destination for Washington Capitals winger Connor Brown.

Brown, who hits unrestricted free agency Saturday after playing only four games in Washington due to  injury, said on the Mitts Off podcast that the Oilers’ success, as well as a reunion with former juniors teammate Connor McDavid, make them an appealing landing spot for the 8-year NHL veteran.

“You’d be lying to say no,” Brown said on Sunday’s Mitts Off podcast. “Of course it would be awesome to play with [McDavid] and, more so for anything, he’s gonna win a [Stanley] Cup eventually … You’re a player, you want to win a Stanley Cup in the NHL, and that’s a big priority going into where you’re gonna land. You think about every scenario, truly.”

Brown, 29, suited up alongside McDavid with the OHL’s Erie Otters from 2012-14. The two also share the same agent.

After the Capitals acquired Brown last offseason, he was expected to be a top-6 forward and supplemental scoring piece. However, he tore his ACL after playing in only four games, ending his season.

Brown is coming off a three-year, $10.8 million contract with an AAV of $3.6 million.

“This is a year teams are going to be looking for the best bargain they can find,” Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman said on an episode of 32 Thoughts last month. “Connor Brown, you just want him to get healthy because he’s a really good player . . . I think there’s a lot of teams out there curious about what he’s thinking and where he’s going and whether or not he’s guaranteed to go to Edmonton.”

The Oilers are expected to be limited in their spending this offseason however, carrying a projected $5 million in cap space into free agency before re-signing RFA defenseman Evan Bouchard, UFA center Mattias Janmark and others, according to CapFriendly.

Jared Serre covers the Washington Capitals for Washington Hockey Now. He is a graduate of West Virginia University.