NHL Draft 2011: Washington Capitals Acquire Troy Brouwer From Blackhawks In Exchange For 26th Overall Pick

The Washington Capitals have traded their 26th overall pick to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for forward Troy Brouwer.

"I'm very excited to join the Washington Capitals organization," Brouwer said. "They are consistently one of the top teams in the NHL and I look forward to helping them reach the ultimate goal of winning the Stanley Cup."

Brouwer had 17 goals and 19 assists in 79 games for the Blackhawks last season and was a member of Chicago's 2009-10 Stanley Cup-winning team.He ranked fifth in the NHL last season with 262 hits and finished third on the Blackhawks with five game-winning goals. In 238 career NHL games with Chicago, Brouwer recorded 103 points (49 goals, 54 assists).

He will become a restricted free agent July 1 and is coming off a two-year, $2.05 million contract. The Caps now have nine players that can be considered "regulars" to negotiate with next Friday, July 1, when free agency begins.

More information will be posted as it is made available.

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