Originally created 11/27/02

Failure to produce sends veteran forward packing



Veteran forward Kevin Brown was supposed to be an offensive force for the Augusta Lynx. Instead, he was just an enigma.

After scoring just one goal in 14 games, Brown was sent packing after Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the South Carolina Stingrays, traded to the Florida Everblades for right winger John Campbell and future considerations.

"When you're a veteran in this league, you're paid to produce, and Brownie just wasn't producing for us," Lynx coach David Wilkie said.

The Lynx had high hopes for Brown, who played in 64 NHL games and was one of the most prolific scorers in the American Hockey League last season with 64 points on 28 goals and 36 assists for Hamilton.

The 28-year-old winger never got on track in Augusta. The writing was on the wall for Brown last week, when he was cleared to return from a concussion but was told to stay home when the team left for its road trip Wednesday.

"I was supposed to help this team win, and when things aren't going the way you'd like to see them go, it's time for a change," Brown said. "Florida's going to be the best opportunity for me. I know some of the guys there, and I played for the Carolina organization. It's a fresh start."

Wilkie said Brown was also considering an offer to play in Germany, and he said Brown told the Lynx the only ECHL team he would accept a trade to was Florida.

"I gave him another chance (Tuesday) and he didn't produce," Wilkie said of Brown, who had no points and finished minus-3 against South Carolina. "Moving him is the best thing for everybody."

Campbell, 25, scored 24 goals and added 22 assists in 66 games for Atlantic City last season. He was struggling in his first season for Florida and had no goals and one assist in 12 games.

MORE MOVES: The Lynx agreed to terms with veteran defenseman Mike Perna on Tuesday.

The physical stay-at-home blueliner last played in the ECHL last season for Cincinnati. This season, Perna was playing for the Ayr Scottish Eagles in the British Superleague, but the team folded earlier this month.

Wilkie is also negotiating with another former Ayr player, forward Jeff Williams. Another possibility is former Greenville Grrrowl forward Ryan Stewart, who is looking for work as well after the Manchester Storm of the British League also went under.

ONE-TIMERS: Forward Brent Gauvreau and defenseman Ryan Crane were healthy scratches Tuesday, fueling speculation that they were on the trading block. Both players were on the bus when the Lynx left Tuesday afternoon for tonight's road game against the Jackson Bandits, but a league source said Gauvreau and Crane have been mentioned in trade talks with two Southwest Division teams, believed to be Mississippi and Jackson. Wilkie declined to comment. Gauvreau, a Coyotes prospect, played for Mississippi last season. In 17 games, he has four goals and a league-worst minus-20 rating. ... Rookie forward Jeff Szewz left Tuesday's game after he suffered his second concussion in four days. He did not make the trip.

Reach Rob Mueller at (706) 823-3425.