There was so much chatter about potential trades for the Blackhawks on Friday night, you knew Stan Bowman was going to pull the trigger on something eventually.
After Brian Campbell rumors shook up the web, the Blackhawks turned a deal that was actually true, sending forward Troy Brouwer to the Washington Capitals for their first round pick, 26th overall.
Brouwer was a restricted free agent with the Hawks, a status which he takes over to the Caps. Initial figures had him earning somewhere in the neighborhood of $2.25 million next season, if he was able to reach a deal with the Blackhawks.
Many had hoped Brouwer would step up into the role of an Andrew Ladd, as not only a physical presence for the Blackhawks, but a guy who could put the puck in the net as well. He didn’t do much of that this season, finishing with 17 goals in a season that was plagued by inconsistency.
Brouwer could be a major asset for the Capitals, which are already a powerhouse in the Eastern Conference. If he can find some confidence and consistency, he could be a key cog in that machine, which is led by Alex Ovechkin.
What the Blackhawks got in return for Brouwer was the 26th overall pick, a tremendous value for a player such as Brouwer. Initial rumors had him going to the Ottawa Senators for their second round pick, but those talks died quickly.
Stay tuned for who the Hawks take with that pick, as well as no. 18 overall on Friday night, in the 2011 NHL Draft.