Sunday, September 16, 2012

Just Can't Get Along

At midnight the NHL owners triggered a lock out of the players as a result of lack of a new collective bargaining agreement. The owners blame the players, the players blame the owners. The rest is silence. The NHL fans will go through their third player lockout since 94, their second in just seven years.

What is hair pulling about this lock out, it sort of just happened. No last minute effort to save the season, no midnight sessions to protect the league from another work stoppage. They sort of met, disagreed and left. The fans were left in the cold.

The collective response of the NHL fans is more of a "Get your stuff together, NHL."

It didn't take long for some players to land new homes. A slew of players have been assigned to the AHL while others are ready to sign their contracts to the KHL. What should be the early selection process for young guys making NHL squads in training camp will now be silent. No hockey, no training, nothing.

The owners are betting on another let down by the players and the players have stood their ground. Which means good bye 2012-2013 season (most likely). The NHL lost the casual fan tonight and as every day passes with no hockey they will lose more. If the season fails, I predict the NHL will have more than just a good PR to get fans back in line.

For the moment this is just frustrating and disheartening. The longer it drags on, the more the NHL just becomes a memory.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Brouwer Re-Upped

Troy Brouwer has been resigned by the Washington Capitals. What is interesting about this particular press release from the Caps has the breakdown of Brouwer's contract numbers when before it has been team policy not to discuss the details of the contract other than the length. Per Caps PR:

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have re-signed forward Troy Brouwer to a three-year, $11 million contract extension, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. Brouwer will earn $3.6 million in 2013-14, $3.65 million in 2014-15 and $3.75 million in 2015-16.

“We are pleased to sign Troy Brouwer to a contract extension, said McPhee. “Troy is a physical and versatile power forward who can play both wings and who has averaged close to 20 goals in the past three seasons. He is a Stanley Cup winner and a great leader. We are thrilled that he will continue his career in Washington for many years to come.”

Brouwer, 27, collected 33 points (18 goals, 15 assists) and 61 penalty minutes in 82 games with the Capitals last season. He finished the season ranked ninth in the NHL in hits (247) and fourth on Washington in goals scored. His 60 blocked shots ranked second among Capitals forwards and he was one of six Capitals players to appear in all 82 games. In 14 postseason contests, Brouwer recorded four points (two goals, two assists) and eight penalty minutes.

The 6’3”, 213-pound forward helped the Chicago Blackhawks win the 2010 Stanley Cup while tallying a career-high eight points (four goals, four assists) in 19 playoff contests.

During the 2009-10 campaign, Brouwer registered a career-high 22 goals and 40 points in 69 games with the Blackhawks. The Vancouver, British Columbia, native ranked third on the club with a career-high seven power-play goals despite ranking seventh in power-play ice time. In 320 career NHL games with Washington and Chicago, Brouwer has recorded 136 points (67 goals, 69 assists) and 222 penalty minutes.
Brouwer was originally drafted by Chicago in the seventh round (214th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.