CHICAGO - OCTOBER 20: Troy Brouwer #22 of the Chicago Blackhawks looks to pass against the Vancouver Canucks at the United Center on October 20 2010 in Chicago Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Canucks 2-1 in a shootout. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Troy Brouwer
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Brouwer and the Caps have agreed to a two-year contract reportedly worth $2.35 million per year, a hefty raise from the $1.025 million he made per year during his last contract with the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Caps acquired the 25-year-old former Stanley Cup winner from the Blackhawks for the 26th overall pick in the draft two weeks ago. Brouwer's contract with Chicago had expired and he became a restricted free agent. Brouwer had 17 goals and 19 assists in 79 regular season games with the Blackhawks last season and ranked fifth in the NHL with 262 hits.
With Brouwer signed, defenseman Karl Alzner remains as the only restricted free agent left to sign with the Caps. If Brouwer's salary cap hit is $2.35 million, Washington is about $1.805 million over the salary cap, but they can be up to 10% over the cap until opening night.