Caps, Brouwer make a case for fiscal sanity

Caps, Brouwer make a case for fiscal sanity
September 12, 2012, 2:57 pm

At a time when players like Mike Ribeiro and Jason Chimera are blasting NHL general managers for handing out ginormous 15-year contracts, it is refreshing to see Troy Brouwer and the Capitals get things right with todays three-year, 11 million contract extension.

Brouwer, who was entering the final year of a two-year contract that averaged 2.35 million, easily could have played out his contract and earned more somewhere else next summer.

Caps general manager George McPhee easily could have allowed that to happen, although it would have meant losing a very valuable part of his team, both on the ice and off.

The fact McPhee didnt allow that to happen, securing Brouwers services for three more years at 3.6 million per season, shows there can be fiscal sanity in the NHL on the part of the players and the owners.

Can we at least agree on this?

As it stands now, John Carlson is the only member of the Capitals without a contract heading into this season. It is entirely possible both sides have agreed to wait until after a new CBA is reached before hammering out a new deal.

Aside from Carlson, the Caps will enter this season with 12 players entering the final year of their contracts. Heres the breakdown:

Unrestricted: Forwards Mike Ribeiro 5 million; Joey Crabb 950,000; Matt Hendricks 825,000; and Wojtek Wolski 600,000; defensemen Roman Hamrlik 3.5 million; Tom Poti 2.875 million; and John Erskine 1.5 million .

Restricted: Forward Marcus Johansson 900,000; defenseman Karl Alzner 1.285 million; and goaltenders Michal Neuvirth 1.15 million and Braden Holtby 637,777.

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