The Washington Capitals aren’t likely to see much of an overhaul, despite another playoff disappointment this spring, but there will be some changes. Part of the reason for that is that they have a new coach, while some pretty solid pieces already reside on the roster, all over the ice.
One such player is Troy Brouwer. Since coming over in a draft night trade with the Chicago Blackhawks two years ago, Brouwer has thrived in his role with the Caps. He’s gone from a secondary role player, destined for the bottom six, to a key source of two-way play.
In fact, Brouwer’s contract may present one of the bigger bargains in the league, given what he brings to the ice. Not only is he a terrific physical presence to have in the lineup, he also brings the offensive touch that makes him a dual threat. Not only did he finished with 108 hits in 47 games in 2013, he added 19 goals to the mix, just three short of his career mark despite the shortened season.
Based off of what Brouwer will make, in terms of his AAV, over the next three years that he’s signed in Washington, there’s no doubt that his salary could turn out to be a bargain, after the Caps signed him to a three-year extension last September. That deal carries a cap hit of about $3.66 million.
You’re talking about a guy who makes less than the likes of Drew Stafford and David Jones, guys who could be considered similar players in different respects, but could end up finding their way off of their respective squads this summer because of what they make. Brouwer’s cap hit is terrific value for the Caps.
And he still has a bit of room to grow. Yes, he’ll turn 28 later on this summer, but this is a guy heading into just his sixth full season in the league. The 2013-14 season could very well be a career year for him, with 25-30 goals possible and for Brouwer to prove that he’s one of the more valuable players to his team throughout the league.