Monday night in St. Louis, the Blues eliminated the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks in Game Seven. The Blues will move on to the second round because of their summer trade acquisition from the Washington Capitals, Troy Brouwer.
Fans traveled down to the Blues’ side to hold up signs and say thank you to the former Capital, including RMNB readers Nick and Jenn Passero. The couple held up a sign that said, “My name is Troy after #36.” The parents had named their one-year-old son, Troy Nicklas, after Brouwer and current Caps center Nicklas Backstrom.
During the first TV stoppage in play, the Capitals, like they’ve done all season, played a tribute video for Troy Brouwer, honoring his four seasons in Washington. Brouwer scored 83 goals, but none was bigger than his Winter Classic game-winning goal in 2015.
The Edmonton Oilers withstood a late rally by the St Louis Blues to win on Wednesday night, but no one really cares about that. The real story is former Capitals winger Troy Brouwer smashing former Capitals winger Matt Hendricks into the boards.
Brouwer was assessed a major and game misconduct. Hendricks, meanwhile, came back to do something typically lovely in the game’s final seconds.
Former Capitals forward Troy Brouwer had something very strange happen during the Blues’ Saturday match-up against the Stars. As Brouwer looked to gain entry into the offensive zone, his stick got caught in Antoine Roussel’s legs. Roussel responded rationally: by throwing Brouwer’s stick into the crowd.
After the Caps’ 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers, long-time RMNB reader Abbi F. shared with us a fun story from the game. Sunday was her 16th birthday so she decided to make a sign in the hopes she might get a puck. And to the surprise of no one, Tom Wilson came through in the clutch (even though he was forced to try multiple times).
Over the offseason, Brian MacLellan made a myriad of roster moves to try to make the Caps a championship contender. That included trading thick-and-proud forward Troy Brouwer to St. Louis for TJ Oshie. No matter how excited I am about the dangling Oshie in a Caps uniform, I’ll forever remember Brouwer fondly as one of those heart-and-soul guys who came up big in the Winter Classic.
That’s why I had a big smile when I saw Troy score during his first game with the Blues Thursday.
The Caps’ trade for TJ Oshie was widely regarded as a win for the Washington. The Caps got the most skilled player in the deal and didn’t mortgage the future to do so. But there was also a countervailing argument, even from those who thought the Caps came out ahead in the deal, that the team was moving away from a “heavy” style of play and towards a more skilled, finesse game. Given the comings and goings of Caps’ forwards this offseason, this is partially true.
But one area often associated with a “heavy” style of play where Oshie, perhaps surprisingly, provides an upgrade over Troy Brouwer is net presence. Specifically: generating shots from inside the slot.
On August 5, 2015, In Analysis, By Nathan Burchfiel
Anyone who followed Troy Brouwer during his time with the Capitals knows he’s what you might call a hoarder of headwear. The man has a comprehensive collection of caps. He’s the Imelda Marcos of hats.
For some St. Louis fans, learning that their new forward is a bucket buff came as a shock. On Tuesday Brouwer shared a photo of him and his daughter Kylie doing some last-minute sightseeing before they move to St. Louis. Brouwer was wearing the hat of the Washington Nationals, who are definitely not located in St Louis.