|Brouwer, above, scored 18 goals in 2011 for the Caps. (Photo: zimbio.com)|
It's nice seeing a "normal" contract in the NHL. Nowadays you see players getting 13-year $150 million contracts. 3-years and $11 million doesn't really seem so bad.
Resigning Brouwer had to have been near the top of the Capitals offseason to-do list. Brouwer had 18 goals and 15 assists in his first season with the Capitals. He also collected 61 penalty minutes. He by far one of the most aggressive players in the NHL as he finished the season with 247 hits. On defense, Brouwer was a shot blocking machine as he stopped 60 shots from reaching the net.
Brouwer was a quality player for the Capitals last season. His aggressive style and big man size allowed him to be a force on the ice and he scored two goals and two assists in the playoffs for the Capitals.
Brouwer is also an experienced player that the Capitals have. He's been in the NHL since 2004 and won the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010. His playoff experience will really help the Capitals in their run to the postseason.
The Capitals still have some more business to take care of. One key player, John Carlson, still does not have a contract for the coming year. Hopefully they'll be able to reach one soon.
A few key players that are entering the final year of the contract include Mike Riberio, Karl Alzner, Roman Hamrlik, Tom Poti, and John Erskine.
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Source: CSN Washington