The Washington Capitals have locked up recently acquired Troy Brouwer to a two-year deal worth a reported $4.7 million.
As per NHL.com:
The Washington Capitals have signed right wing Troy Brouwer to a two-year contract. TSN is reporting the total value of the deal to be $4.7 million.
A restricted free agent, Brouwer had been acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks during the 2011 Entry Draft in exchange for the 26th pick of the first round.
Brouwer, 25, had 17 goals and a personal-best 19 assists in 79 games last season. He set career-bests of 22 goals and 40 points during the 2009-10 season, and had 4 goals and 4 assists in 19 games to the help the Blackhawks win the 2010 Stanley Cup.
A 2004 seventh-round pick of the Blackhawks, the 6-foot-3, 215-pound forward has 49 goals and 54 assists in 238 NHL games.
Brouwer was an excellent pick up by George McPhee and Capitals and his signing on Wednesday is another step in the right direction for a club that has added several great pieces so far this summer. Brouwer brings a strong two-way presence to Washington, as well as some playoff experience. He finished 5th in the NHL in hits last season with 262, and plays a crash and bang game along the same lines as Minnesota’s Cal Clutterbuck, albeit with a little more natural scoring ability.
Brouwer saw just over 2 minutes per game on Chicago’s power play, scoring seven goals with the man advantage last season, and was occasionally mixed in on the penalty kill. He could very well see significant time on Washington’s second or third line next season. The Brouwer signing vaults the Capitals to the top of the league’s salary charts (all figures via CapGeek), and should force the club to clear some room before puck drop next fall.