On Monday, Troy Brouwer met with reporters at KCI for the first time since signing his two-year, $4.7 million deal with the Capitals. The winger came to Washington to house hunt and get to know the coaching and training staffs before training camp gets underway in a few months.
While Brouwer wanted to introduce himself to those in the organization, he had already been welcomed by the face of the franchise, Alex Ovechkin, not long after he was traded from the Chicago Blackhawks.
“I talked to Ovi a couple weeks ago, right after I got traded,” Brouwer said. “I couldn’t understand him very much on the phone, but a real nice guy and he welcomed me to the team. To me that’s very comforting, very welcoming, and it just says a lot about what kind of person he is.”
Brouwer didn’t elaborate much on where he might be inserted into the lineup, but said that he likes the additions General Manager George McPhee made in an effort to perhaps add a little more snarl to Washington’s lineup.
“George has brought a couple other players like me – like [Joel Ward] is going to be a great player, a similar style to me as well,” Brouwer said. “Just bringing a little more grit and a little rounding of the lineup as well, because everybody knows this team can score goals.”