Brennan's not just an enforcer

DEREK VAN DIEST

, Last Updated: 7:08 PM ET

Kip Brennan is an enforcer, but he doesnt skate like one, which is why hes still here.

Itll be Brennans skating and playing ability that will determine how far he goes with the Edmonton Oilers organization. His ability to fight is already well documented.

Hes indicated to me that hes not just a guy that you sit on the bench and send out, which Ive said I dont like anyway, said Oilers head coach Pat Quinn. I want those guys to be able to put some minutes in. They wont get 15 to 20 minutes, but theyll get some, and I think hes capable of doing that and I want to look at him again.

Its been a road well travelled for Brennan, a native of Kingston, Ont., wholl be in the lineup tonight when the Oilers host the Calgary Flames.

Drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the fourth round 103 overall in the 1998 NHL Entry draft while a member of the Sudbury Wolves, Brennan has spent most of his career in the American Hockey League. Hes been with the Lowell Lock Monsters, Manchester Monarchs, Chicago Wolves, Portland Pirates, Toronto Marlies, Hershey Bears and Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

He has had brief NHL stints with the Kings, Atlanta Thrashers, Anaheim Ducks when they were Mighty, and New York Islanders.

Last season, the six-foot-four, 222-pound winger even spent some time with HIFK Helsinki in Finland.

Its been a long, tough journey and hopefully itll pay off in the end, Brennan said. There is only a couple of games left in the pre-season and I have to definitely show them that I can still play. I know there are a lot of contracts here, but I just want to try and make the best of my opportunity.


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