Flames expected to be a front-runner for UFA Troy Brouwer

The Calgary Flames are an up-and-coming team with a young locker room. They have very few established National Hockey League players that can play the right side, aside from maybe Michael Frolik.

So it makes a lot of sense that the Flames have been connected to veteran right-winger Troy Brouwer over the last while.

The fit makes some sense. He’s 30. He’s a right shot. He’s from Western Canada (okay, Vancouver). He’s been an NHL regular since 2008-09 and has made the playoffs all but once – playing 98 NHL post-season games. He spent last season with the St. Louis Blues, putting up 18 goals and 39 points.

Brouwer could be a decent fit at the right price, but there are some stylistic and numerical similarities to now-retired Flames winger Curtis Glencross in his final season of play.

Brouwer 2015-16 82 18 21 39 49.5%
Glencross 2014-15 71 13 22 35 45.6%

He’s not quite Glencross-level, but if the cap hit is too rich or the term a bit long, bear that in mind.

  • everton fc

    He’ll want term, as he wants to retire here. Will he come for less than what he made last season to make that happen?

    Connolly would come cheaper. If you could sign both cheap (highly unlikely, with Brouwer) we’d be stronger on the right-side, and this doesn’t even include Prybil.

    • freethe flames

      If you sign him for that kind of money there is little else you can do. I would prefer a year longer and less cost.($2.5-2.75 x 4) If he comes in at over $3m then it’s too much IMO. Again I would prefer to go how I suggested on the last thread. Sign more guys who are NHL players at lower cost and term and hope one of them raises their game. Complimentary pieces cannot be overpaid in a Salary Cap world and that is what he is.

  • RKD

    As long as we don’t have to pay too much or give him too much term I’m okay with it. Still, I feel like Brouwer is a guy the Flames should add when they are a contender and adding Brouwer as a final piece to a puzzle. I am hoping for a younger guy on the RW with more offensive skill to play on the top line.

  • smatic10

    It’s an overpay. But that’s just how it goes on July 1st. He fills a need. Has size and some scoring touch. Apparently he’s a great locker room guy. I’m really curious to see what Tree does with the cap now. Money needs to be moved around.