The Washington Capitals locked up forward, Troy Brouwer for the long term today, signing the 27 year old forward to a three year contract extension worth $11 million. Randy Holt of Rant Sports provides details about the signing, here. Brouwer is an offensively skilled forward who can add toughness and grit to Washington’s lineup. He’s proved to be a reliable veteran prescence for the Capitals, often playing under alternate captain status during the 2011-2012 season. Washington Capitals General Manager, George McPhee announced the signing on Wednesday. “Troy is a physical and versatile power forward who can play both wings and who has averaged close to 20 goals in the past three seasons. He is a Stanley Cup winner and a great leader. We are thrilled that he will continue his career in Washington for many years to come.”
Brouwer registered 33 points last seasonw ith 18 goals and 15 assists, a down year for him, but he stayed healthy appearing in all 82 of the Capitals regular season games. He assessed his performance last year on a conference call with the media this afternoon. “I thought I had a good season, said Brouwer. “I tried to fit in well with the guys right away and try and make an impact as well as I could. I’m a versatile player who can fit up and down the lineup wherever the coach needs me.”
He is a player who knows his role and hopes to make an impact in the locker room along with his offensive production on the ice. “We have a rather young team and alot of guys who’ve won at pretty much every level they’ve been at, said Brouwer. “Sometimes it’s just taking those emotions and taking that preparation and channeling it into a game and a very important game. Hopefully last year I was able to bring some secondary experience.”
With a lockout looming and a child on the way Brouwer isn’t sure what his next move is. He will stay in Chicago if there is indeed a lockout, but if there isn’t Brouwer plans to find a house in Washington D.C. He has stayed intune with the CBA negotiations and hopes a deal can be made. “I’ve stayed in touch with the proposals all along the way. Every player is informed as much or little as they would like and for me obviously I have a big investment in what goes on with the NHL.” Brouwer was in New York today for the player meetings and thinks a deal can be reached by September 15th.
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