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Capitals re-sign Troy Brouwer to three-year, $11 million extension

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com
Brouwer's new contract runs through the 2015-16 season. (Getty Images)

The Washington Capitals announced on Wednesday that they have re-signed forward Troy Brouwer to a three-year extension worth $11 million.

The contract breaks down as follows: Brouwer will earn $3.6 million in 2013-14 then $3.65 million the next season and finally $3.75 million in 2015-16 when the deal runs its course.

"We are pleased to sign Troy Brouwer to a contract extension," general manager George McPhee said in the team's release. "Troy is a physical and versatile power forward who can play both wings and who has averaged close to 20 goals in the past three seasons. He is a Stanley Cup winner and a great leader. We are thrilled that he will continue his career in Washington for many years to come."

Brouwer was traded to the Capitals from the Chicago Blackhawks last summer for Washington's first-round draft pick, which Chicago used to select Phillip Danault. The Capitals hoped Brouwer would provide some beef and score in a top-six spot for the Caps. He picked up 18 goals and 15 assists while playing 82 games.

At the price of $3.67 million per season, it certainly doesn't seem bad at all if you're the Caps. It's a pretty team-friendly deal for a player who is just 27 and can fill a top-six role.

The question, though, is if Brouwer can remain a top-six guy. His numbers don't quite scream top six, but he's not far off and given what he brings as a power forward, he definitely brings a bit more than just the ability to score.

Even if Brouwer doesn't remain a top-six guy, it's still not a bad deal for the Caps. They aren't tied in too long with Brouwer -- four more seasons counting his current contract, which carries a cap hit of $2.35 million -- and even still the price isn't crazy high. It's a good deal pretty much all around for Washington, especially given Brouwer's durability.

It's not too bad for Brouwer, either. As you can see based on his current contract, he's getting a pretty nice raise in the new deal.

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