The Florida Panthers have announced that they’ve signed veteran forward Troy Brouwer to a one year, one way, $850,000 contract. The 33 year old Brouwer, of course, was bought out of his four year, $18 million deal with the Calgary Flames earlier this month.
Brouwer was signed with much fanfare by Flames general manager Brad Treliving on the opening day of free agency in 2016 and previously came with a whopping $4.5 million cap hit. He’ll continue to collect $1.5 million from the Flames annually for the next four years… all to simply NOT play hockey for the franchise. Not a bad gig. Not bad at all.
Of course, the reasons for Brouwer’s buyout are obvious. The former three time 20+ goal scorer’s production fell off a cliff in Calgary, going from a regular 40+ point producer to scraping together 20+ points in each of his two seasons with the Flames. Last season the veteran forward managed just six goals and 22 points, the lowest totals of his entire career.
It remains to be seen how Brouwer fits into the mix with his new team, but it’s expected that he’ll help provide some veteran leadership on the Panthers’ third and fourth lines, as well as get some time on the penalty kill.
Read below for the full press release on yesterday’s news, straight from the Panthers’ official website:
*SUNRISE, Fla. -*Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations & General Manager *Dale Tallon* announced today that the Panthers have agreed to terms with forward *Troy Brouwer* on a one-year, one-way contract.
“Troy is a skilled veteran forward with championship experience,” said Tallon. “He adds depth to our forward group and his leadership will help our developing young core take the next step this season.”
Brouwer, 33, appeared in 76 games recording 22 points (6-16-22) with the Calgary Flames during the 2017-18 season. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound native of Vancouver, BC has played in 763 career National Hockey League games recording 341 points (169-172-341) with Chicago (2006-07 to 2010-11), Washington (2011-12 to 2014-15), St. Louis (2015-16) and Calgary (2016-17 to 2017-18). In 2013-14 and 2014-15, Brouwer produced a career-high 43 points in consecutive seasons, while setting personal bests in goals (25, 2013-14) and assists (22, 2014-15).
Brouwer has played in 102 NHL playoff games recording 34 points (15-19-34). Brouwer was a member of the 2010 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks and helped the St. Louis Blues reach the Western Conference Final in 2016 with eight goals and 13 points in 20 games played.
Brouwer was originally selected by Chicago in the seventh round (214th overall) of the 2004 NHL Draft.