This does not seem to make sense, but bare with us. It is quite a surprising turn of events for one specific player on Monday. Let's start with the beginning: the Florida Panthers agreed to terms Monday with veteran right winger Troy Brouwer on an $850,000, one-year contract.
"Troy is a skilled veteran forward with championship experience," general manager Dale Tallon said. "He adds depth to our forward group and his leadership will help our developing young core take the next step this season."
Brouwer became a free agent when the Calgary Flames bought out the final two years of his deal. The team placed the winger on unconditional waivers at the beginning of the month for the purpose of buying out his contract.
The buyout left the Flames with a $1.5-million cap charge through the 2021-22 season. Yes, you read correctly. Brouwer, a 12-year veteran in the National Hockey League will be paid more money by his former club, the Flames, then he will by the new team who is giving him another chance in the circuit.
The 33-year-old put up 22 points on six goals and 16 assists in 76 games last season. He recorded 27 points in two seasons with the Flames after they signed him to an $18 million, four-year contract.
Brouwer has 169 goals and 172 assists for 341 points in his 12-year NHL career with the Chicago Blackhawks, Washington Capitals, St. Louis Blues and Flames. He’s a three-time 20-goal scorer and won the Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2010. He has represented Canada internationally, playing in the 2014 worlds in Belarus.
The Panthers will surely benefit from adding Brouwer to their roster, seeing that they needed a boost on the bottom-six of the lineup. Florida missed the playoffs by a point last season. This summer, they acquired winger Mike Hoffman by trade, signed Frank Vatrano. Along with the addition of Brouwer, they could elevate 2017 first-round pick Owen Tippett into a full-time role to boost the roster even more.
Brouwer provably agreed to the lower income contract with Florida, seeing that this unusual contract situation will allow him to get more money in his pockets because of the Flames.