General manager Brian Burke has apparently settled on one of the players the struggling Toronto Maple Leafs will build with — Mike Brown.
The Leafs on Wednesday announced a three-year, $2.215-million US contract extension for Brown, who is earning $575,000 US this season.
Toronto acquired the gritty forward during last year's entry draft, giving up a fifth-round pick to Anaheim.
Brown has two goals and three assists in 27 games, with 41 penalty minutes. He has become a popular Leaf with the fans in a short time with his handlebar mustache and willingness to battle the opposition.
"His blend of character, energy and toughness has proven to be a good fit in the overall structure and makeup of our team," Burke said in a statement.
Brown missed over six weeks of action with a broken finger and then was suspended for three games on Jan. 15 for a blindside hit on Phoenix defenceman Ed Jovanovski.
In addition to the Ducks, the 25-year-old right wing has also played with Vancouver, who selected him in the fifth round of the 2004 NHL entry draft. He has 11 goals and six assists in 169 career games, with 347 penalty minutes.
Brown was among a number of scheduled restricted free agents this summer for Toronto, a list that includes Luke Schenn, Clarke MacArthur and Tyler Bozak. Tomas Kaberle, Jean-Sebastien Giguere and Tim Brent are among the unrestricted free agents.