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Capitals ship their 2011 first round pick to Chicago for Troy Brouwer

Jun 24, 2011, 9:36 PM EST

Troy Brouwer, Maxim Lapierre AP

The Washington Capitals are more interested in the present than in the future – at least when it comes to this year’s draft – so they decided to send their first round pick (26th overall) to the Chicago Blackhawks for rugged forward Troy Brouwer.

To some, their first round pick was a rather steep price for the Capitals to pay (especially since the Colorado Avalanche only received a second round pick for John Michael-Liles, an offensive defenseman is a considerably bigger impact player than Brouwer). Brouwer is also a restricted free agent this summer, so he might get nice a raise from his 2010-11 season salary of $1.025 million.

Then again, the Capitals are in win-now mode and Brouwer might help them improve in a subtle way. Brouwer was a solid contributor in Chicago, often providing a physical element to the team’s top line alongside stars such as Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. Brouwer doesn’t have world-beating skills but he’s a good enough finisher to compliment star players (he scored 22 goals in 09-10 and 17 last season).

It’s not that bad of a deal if Washington was unmoved by the field of prospects available. Chicago gets another first round pick out of the deal, so they were probably more than happy to oblige. The Blackhawks have compiled a nice array of high draft picks and must feel great about their future, especially with additional cap relief coming this summer.

  1. bigbear42 - Jun 25, 2011 at 12:40 AM

    Way too high a price to pay for at best a third line center. This deal tells me they don’t expect to resign Brooks Laich.

  2. bcjim - Jun 25, 2011 at 6:35 AM

    Well, as much as I like Laich, he isn’t worth what he gets or will want in a new deal. If he wants to return for 3m or so, fine sign him but at 4m or more? Pass.

  3. watermelon1 - Jun 26, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    Everyone thought I was crazy for saying they should have traded Mike Green two seasons ago when he built up all this “hype.” He scored goals… as a defenseman… for a team that had plenty other players for the opposing defense to focus on.

    Mike Green is HORRIBLE on defense. I’m sure he’s lost plenty of value on the trade market, but the Capitals would still be better-off getting whatever they can for him, along with making a coaching change.

    The Capitals had a dream scenario this season with the Penguins having injuries to all sorts of starters. They didn’t have to face their nemesis(Crosby and the Pens) in the playoffs, they didn’t run into an unbelievable hot goaltender(Halak), and they still found a way to choke. The culture had to change, and the fastest way to do that is get Bruce B. out of there for someone new and fresh.

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