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Capitals ink Brouwer to two-year, $4.7M deal

Posted on: July 6, 2011 10:48 am
Edited on: July 6, 2011 12:11 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

The Washington Capitals have signed Troy Brouwer to a two-year contract, the team announced Wednesday. Gord Miller of TSN reported the contract is worth $2.35 million per season.

Brouwer's rights were acquired by the Caps from Chicago at the draft a week and a half ago for Washington's first-round draft pick. Brouwer came over without a contract for next year, though, so a deal had to be worked out. But the fact that the Caps gave up a first-round selection to get him, you knew there was no chance they would let him walk away.

He will be a welcome sight in Washington as he brings a power game to the forward corps for the Caps. Much was made of Bruce Boudreau's transformation of the Capitals from a high-powered offensive machine that couldn't play a lick of defense to a responsible team in their own end that was subdued offensively. A player like Brouwer fits into the new mold and will help in the dirty department in D.C.

Brouwer, 25, scored 17 goals and had 19 assists last season with the Blackhawks, averaging 15 minutes per game of ice time. He is unlikely to be a top-six forward in Washington but will be a very nice contributor to the third line, if that is where he ends up.

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Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: July 7, 2011 2:59 pm
 

Capitals ink Brouwer to two-year, $4.7M deal

Good deal for a young player in his prime and at a reasonable price too ... willing to mix it up as well.



Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: July 7, 2011 11:04 am
 

Capitals ink Brouwer to two-year, $4.7M deal

Brouwer had hit a wall in Chicago, hadn't been the same since March of 2010, never came back to form after he missed some games for family reasons.   Good guy, good hitter, but failed to solidify a role and failed to seize the dozens of opportunities that were handed to him by Quenneville the last 2 years.   Too his credit, he was a guy that wouldn't have seen NHL ice for years if ever (not a good skater or quick enough hands) had he been in most other NHL systems with teams that were competitve, so he worked very hard to solidify a roster spot in Chicago.  

Since the Hawks signed Brunette, it was a good move to let him go, Brouwer struggled with his hands near traffic and couldn't play physical in front of the net for the duration of his time in Chicago.  Not a good enough forechecker because of his limited skating to justify keeping him in Chicago.   Quenneville is an impatient coach and Brouwer was completely unable to adapt successfully into one of the roles the Hawks needed filled.    &nbs
p; He is still a good player with good potential and will likely benefit from a change of scenery, and in a couple years he may be a real consistent contributor.   His pay raise is justified, but I'm glad Chicago isn't paying for the cap hit.    He was a huge disappointment in Chicago last year, largely due to unrealistic expectations.   I don't imagine Capital fans will end up having an issue with the contract when all is said and done.   Good moves and good signings by all parties involved imo.



Since: Jul 6, 2011
Posted on: July 6, 2011 8:43 pm
 

Capitals ink Brouwer to two-year, $4.7M deal

Like every GM.. He wants to do it with his.."and his Daddys" guys...So later to the nice playoff run... I hope the bowmans know what there doing. I liked all of the players he let go... We shall see.. GO Hawks!



Since: Jul 6, 2011
Posted on: July 6, 2011 8:43 pm
 

Capitals ink Brouwer to two-year, $4.7M deal

Like every GM.. He wants to do it with his.."and his Daddys" guys...So later to the nice playoff run... I hope the bowmans know what there doing. I liked all of the players he let go... We shall see.. GO Hawks!



Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: July 6, 2011 3:48 pm
 

Capitals ink Brouwer to two-year, $4.7M deal

After posting I saw that Brouwer had surgery right after the season ended on his shoulder, as he had no contract and was due a pay raise I believe you're right. Tallon may have built the team but it was a one shot deal given the salaries and cap picture. I sure hope the farm system can groom the young talent to be ready soon. It still is obvious that Bowman is making this his team which is fine, it's what Rocky (I love that name, Rocky, great name for someone in hockey, Rocky) is paying for.



Since: Feb 12, 2008
Posted on: July 6, 2011 3:39 pm
 

Capitals ink Brouwer to two-year, $4.7M deal

I have to admit it would seem that way.. the list of guys is getting longer and longer (Buff, Brouwer, Ladd, Versteeg, Niemi, etc) , quality players too.  The only thing I can think of is salary cap issues maybe?  Beyond that i don't know



Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: July 6, 2011 2:18 pm
 

Capitals ink Brouwer to two-year, $4.7M deal

Am I just paranoid or does it seem like Stan Bowman is getting rid of every player Dale Tallon acquired putting together a Stanley Cup Championship team? Just asking is all........


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