Chicago Blackhawks: Troy Brouwer Has Been Missed

March 17th, 2012 by Jon Fromi Leave a reply »
The Chicago Blackhawks welcome the Washington Capitals to the United Center on Sunday looking to solidify their playoff positioning. It will also be forward Troy Brouwer's first regular-season game in the United Center since the team dealt him for Washington's first-round pick in the 2011 draft.

I'll come right out with it. The 'Hawks miss Brouwer.

Brouwer's naysayers can point out what he can't do until they're blue in the face. No hands. Can't skate. Streaky. Isn't a top-six forward. Can't find a regular line.

Feel free to go on, but Brouwer's departure left a void. Back in June of last year, I wrote the following on Brouwer's impending status as an restricted free agent:

Seems like Brouwer wants to return and it may be more expensive to replace what he brings to the team. Will shoulder surgery keep the offer sheets away? The higher cap allows more dough to offer Brouwer, but is he looking for too much? With rumors of an impending extension for Patrick Sharp, whispers are building about Brouwer being a trade possibility. That kind of move would hurt if we didn't pick up a rugged guy who will stay in front of the net.

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