Believe in Brouwer

Posted September 12, 2012

The Capitals had many difficulties to deal with this past season, including getting breakout performances from the new players they added in the offseason. Sure, Joel Ward may have earned his entire $3 million paycheck with a single goal in the playoffs, and Tomas Vokoun led the goaltending corps with 25 wins, but it was only Troy Brouwer who remained consistent and lived up to expectations.

A young Troy Brouwer, via

Brouwer signed a three-year, $11 million contract extension Wednesday, on top of the year he already has left. That will keep in Washington through 2016-2017, which is great news for those who purchased Brouwer jerseys.

His numbers: 18 goals, 15 assists (33 points). His 247 hits led the team, while he only took 81 penalty minutes despite his physical play. His only glaringly bad number this past season was a team worst -15, a number he shared with John Carlson and Mike Knuble.

Brouwer, 27, won a Stanley Cup during his time with the Chicago Blackhawks and seems like he’ll continue to be a solid player on the Caps’ roster for years to come.

Other players who have one year left on their contracts: Matt Hendricks ($825,000), Mike Ribeiro ($5 million), Joey Crabb ($950,000), Marcus Johansson ($900,000), Roman Hamrlik ($350,000), Tom Poti ($2,875,000), John Erskine ($1,500,000), Karl Alzner ($1,285,000), Jack Hillen ($650,000), Michal Neuvirth ($1150,000) and Braden Holtby ($647,777).

Only player who needs to be signed now? Restricted agent and fashion lover John Carlson.

A couple of Brouwer highlights:

Brouwer oil painting via Justine Kenney.