Capitals extend Troy Brouwer

The Washington Capitals have signed Troy Brouwer to a three-year extension worth $11 million that will make the forward under contract through 2016, general manager George McPhee announced Wednesday. 

Brouwer, 27, was acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks in June 2011 exchange for the Caps' 2011 first round pick. In his first season as a Capital, Brouwer tallied 18 goals and 15 assists for 33 points while playing in all 81 regular season games. He also contributed two goals and two assists during Washington's playoff run into the conference semifinals. 

Brouwer is set to earn $3.6 million in 2013-14, $3.65 million in 2014-15 and $3.75 million in 2015-16

The former Moose Jaw Warrior junior product spent 2011-2012 as a solid two-way forward under then-coach Dale Hunter and was an alternate captain in just his first year in Washington.

A Stanley Cup champion with Chicago in 2010, his leadership and playoff experience was evident in the playoffs as the seventh-seeded Caps upset the Boston Bruins in round one and took the New York Rangers to a seventh game in round two. He also saw ice time all over the lineup, playing both as a top six forward and as a third and fourth line grinder.

His two-way ability, versatility and leadership will undoubtedly make the veteran an asset to first-year head coach Adam Oates and his staff going forward. 

In his five year NHL career, Brouwer has totaled 67 goals and 69 assists for 136 points in 320 games with a -7 plus/minus rating. He also has 17 career game-winning goals, including five last season for the Caps. 

 

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