The Washington Times - July 11, 2011, 02:44PM

Troy Brouwer has known for several weeks now that he’d be with the Capitals next season. Last week he was ensured he’d be in Washington for two years after signing a contract worth $4.7 million.

Now, Brouwer’s in the midst of the next step of his process as he came to the area to get accustomed to living here and try to find a place.

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“It’s a great city although I never stop sweating out here,” said Brouwer, who spent the past two years with Chicago.

Brouwer was at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Monday, the first day of development camp, to accomplish a basic but still important task around the rink.

“Learning the training staff – everyone will tell you that they’re a huge part of how well a team is run and how smoothly a team runs,” he said. “It’s always good to meet those guys and get comfortable with those guys before the season starts.”

Brouwer said he has had a few conversations with coach Bruce Boudreau about his role – power play, penalty killing, etc. – but didn’t go into too much detail about how he’ll be used when the preseason starts in a couple months.

“I just wanna be utilized as a good player and I think I can bring a lot to this team,” he said.

Brouwer already feels like a member of this team thanks to Alex Ovechkin, who reached out to him in late June.

“Yeah I talked to Ovi a couple weeks ago, right after I got traded. I couldn’t understand him very much on the phone, but a real nice guy and he welcomed me to the team,” Brouwer said. “To me that’s very comforting, very welcoming. “