Vancouver Canucks\' Christian Ehrhoff, of Germany, left to right, Dan Hamhuis and Mikael Samuelsson, of Sweden, try to clear Chicago Blackhawks\' Troy Brouwer, centre, from in front of their net during the second period of game 7 of an NHL Western Conference quarterfinal Stanley Cup playoff hockey series in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday April 26, 2011. The Washington Capitals have signed winger Brouwer to a two-year deal.Brouwer recorded 17 goals and 36 points in 79 games last year with the Chicago Blackhaw THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
ARLINGTON, Va. - The Washington Capitals have signed rugged winger Troy Brouwer to a two-year deal.
The deal was announced Wednesday and is reportedly worth US$5.7 million.
Brouwer recorded 17 goals and 36 points in 79 games last year with the Chicago Blackhawks.
He was acquired by Washington in a draft-day trade that sent Chicago a first round pick (26th overall) in the 2011 draft.
The six-foot-three, 215-pounder led Chicago and ranked fifth in the NHL with 262 hits.
The Caps have been searching for leadership presence in the locker room and a player who can perform in the playoffs.
He was part of the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup victory in 2010, registering four goals and four assists during their post-season run.
That regular season, he had a career-high 22 goals and 40 points in 69 games.
The Vancouver native was drafted by Chicago in the seventh round of the 2004 draft.