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Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 09/12/2012

Caps sign Troy Brouwer to three-year extension

The Capitals have signed forward Troy Brouwer to a three-year, $11 million contract extension that will keep the top-six winger in Washington through the 2015-16 season.

Brouwer, 27, will earn $3.6 million in 2013-14, $3.65 million in 2014-15 and $3.75 million in 2015-16 according to figures released by the team. The Vancouver native is slated to earn $2.35 million in 2012-13.

During his first season with the Capitals in 2011-12, Brouwer recorded 18 goals and 15 assists, quickly established himself as a vocal leader in the locker room and served as an alternate captain at various points as well.

Brouwer is scheduled to discuss the extension with reporters during a conference call Wednesday afternoon, so be sure to check back for more later in the day.

“We are pleased to sign Troy Brouwer to a contract extension,” Capitals General Manager George McPhee said in a news 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’s signing comes less than four days before the expiration of the current collective bargaining agreement. The deadline has prompted players and teams across the league to agree to new contracts and extensions under the current terms given the uncertainty about what limitations will be placed on contracts under a new agreement.

For example, in their proposals the NHL suggested limiting maximum contract length to five years, eliminating salary arbitration, pushing back unrestricted free agent eligibility to only those who have played 10 NHL seasons and so on so there is incentive for some players to get deals done now.

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