It might be the worst video for us to remember Troy Brouwer but it made me laugh when I look on YouTube.
Ok back to business the Chicago Blackhawks traded winger Troy Brouwer to the Washington Capitals on Friday for the 26th pick in the NHL entry level draft. Brouwer, who is a restricted free agent, was in line for a raise that the Hawks probably couldn't afford as they still try to attempt to clear some cap space.
Troy, who is only 25, was a 7th round draft pick of the Hawks back in 2004 and has spent the last 3 seasons up with the big club. During his time in Chicago he tallied 49 goals and 54 assists with his best season coming in 2009-2010 when he scored 22 goals and totaled 40 points.
Brouwer was a big body, 6'2 & 214 lbs, but didn't always play like it. Much like his scoring he did not always bring the physical element to his game. It sometimes seemed like he could only do one thing or the other but not both. Ultimately Troy just did not fit into the long term plans for the Hawks who no longer saw him as a top 6 forward and therefore would not pay him like one.
With the Capitals he will get the chance to continue to play with great players and play in the Eastern conference which may greatly benefit him. If he finally puts it all together the Caps are getting a great player and maybe fans in Chicago will think the Hawks just dumped another salary. This is a trade that works well for both sides. Troy will be missed but we wish him all the best in Washington. The UC crowd will get to welcome Troy back when he and his new teammates come to town in March.