Right winger Troy Brouwer has signed a four-year deal with the Calgary Flames worth $4.5 million per season. Brouwer spent the first five years of his career with the Chicago Blackhawks before being traded to the Washington Capitals in 2011 and then to the St. Louis Blues this past season in a multi-player deal that included T.J. Oshie.
Brouwer, four years, $4.5 million per season, with Flames
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Troy Brouwer Signs With Calgary Flames
Due to their respective failures in previous playoffs, both the Blues and the Capitals decided to shake up their rosters prior to the 2015-2016 season. As such, the Blues agreed to trade their team captain and fan favorite in return for Brouwer, goaltender Phoenix Copley, and a third-round draft pick in July of 2015.
Drafted 214th overall in 2004, Brouwer’s career in began with a two-year stint with the WHL’s Moose Jaw Warriors. In his second year there, he put up a league-best 102 points and was awarded the Bob Clarke Trophy. During the 2006-2007 season, he was assigned to the Blackhawks’ AHL affiliate, the Norfolk Generals, where he put up 79 points, earned AHL All-Star Honors, and was called up to the Blackhawks for ten games. The following year, he again found himself in the AHL, this time at Chicago’s new AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs.
Beginning with the 2008-2009 season, however, Brouwer found a spot on the senior roster and managed to contribute 26 and 40 points in the next two seasons, respectively. After winning a Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2010, he contributed 36 points to the team in the 2010-2011 season before his trade to the Capitals in 2011. As a Capital, Brouwer earned regular minutes and managed to generate more than 30 points in each of his four seasons with the team.
After his trade to the St. Louis Blues in July of 2015, Brouwer again generated solid offensive numbers throughout the regular season, in which he created 39 points in the form of 18 goals and 21 assists. He continued this productivity into the postseason, in which he contributed 13 points in 20 games, including the goal that eliminated his old team, the Blackhawks, from contention.
He signed his last contract extension with the Capitals in September of 2012. Beginning the following season, this new contract offered him $11 million over the next 3 years and made him an Unrestricted Free Agent following the Blues’ elimination from the 2015-2016 playoffs.
Brouwer will look to bring his steady contribution of points to Calgary and should prove to be a good pickup in terms of points per dollar.
Main Photo: ST. LOUIS, MO – APRIL 25: Troy Brouwer #36 of the St. Louis Blues celebrates after scoring the game-winning goal against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game Seven of the Western Conference First Round during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Scottrade Center on April 25, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri. The blues beat the Blackhawks 3-2 to win the series. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/ Getty Images)