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.
But that wasn’t even the weirdest part.
Photo: Abbi F.
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).
This is also weird. (Photo: Dan Riedlhuber)
Early in the season there can be some pretty funny stats, like after opening night, Jason Chimera was on pace for 164 points. Here’s another great example from RMNB’s Pat Holden.
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.
Photo: Amanda Bowen
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.
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.
For those of you who thought Mike Green in a #25 Red Wings jersey was weird, take a look at Troy Brouwer‘s new Blues sweater. The Big Lebrowski will wear #36 in St. Louis with assistant captain Alexander Steen already wearing #20.
Photo: Rob Carr
Tuesday, recently-traded Caps forward Troy Brouwer continued to say his goodbyes, this time joining 106.7 The Fan’s Grant and Danny for a 12-minute interview. The segment was fascinating, and at times sweet (in that awkward radio kind of way). One of those moments was when Brouwer received a surprise call (at the 10:50 mark).
“This is Gary from the Verizon Center,” the caller began. “From all the security guards in the Verizon Center, we’d like to wish you good luck in your next stop and we’ll see you around.”
Thursday, in a move that surprised all Capitals fans, General Manager Brian MacLellan traded Troy Brouwer to the St. Louis Blues for TJ Oshie, Pheonix Copley, and a third-round pick. Also surprised: Troy Brouwer.
While speaking with CSN Washington’s Chuck Gormley on Friday, Brouwer said that he found out about the deal while doing arts and crafts with his daughter Kylie.
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