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.
From Gormely’s story on CSN Washington, which you should definitely read in full:
I had absolutely no clue. I was talking to Barry in the morning while I was working out and we were talking about [Justin] Williams and how it was going to affect the team and how it was going to affect me within the team and the game plan going forward, whether we were going to try to pick up a few more players. As a player you always have an idea that something could arise, but I figured I was pretty well situated here and that I wasn’t really in play unless something came up that the team thought they couldn’t refuse. I was doing crafts, actually, with Kylie. I got a phone call from a number I didn’t recognize. Normally, I don’t pick up those phone numbers. I figure if it’s important enough they’ll leave a voice mail. But I picked it up and right away I heard [Brian MacLellan’s] voice and I knew something was up. It’s exciting for me and I get to go to another really good hockey team and have a chance to succeed as a team and as an individual. It’s a good move forward, but I’m definitely going to miss what I had here in Washington.
Brouwer also had this to say about his time in Washington during his conference call with Blues media.
In a conference call hosted by the Blues, Troy Brouwer thanked everyone in Washington for his four years: pic.twitter.com/uAXDwTVbBb
— Zac Boyer (@ZacBoyer) July 2, 2015
While I’m excited as a Caps fan about the moves GMBM has made recently, I’m also going to really miss The Big Lebrouwski. The human side of the business sucks sometimes.
The 29-year-old forward was one of the most reliable players on the team (last season’s scoreless streak be damned). He averaged 20.75 goals per season while in Washington and scored a career-high 25 when I openly doubted him.
Brouwer was quick-witted, honest to a fault, and one of the nicer guys I’ve met in hockey (when he didn’t have a bucket full of ice in his hands).
Nathan and Ryan picked the perfect player to celebrate. Not flashy, Brouwer was a consummate professional and an indispensable part of the organization for the last four years. He will be missed.
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