When the Capitals traded a first-round pick to the Blackhawks for Troy Brouwer, it was a calculated risk given that the 25-year-old forward is a restricted free agent. But all along George McPhee hasn’t sounded worried about getting a deal done, and Brouwer has followed suit.
McPhee was even OK with the possibility of salary arbitration, but it doesn’t look like this situation is going in that direction Brouwer and his representative had until 5 p.m. Tuesday to file for player-elected salary arbitration and did not.
“We are continuing to work on getting Troy signed and have had several negotiation sessions,” his agent, Craig Oster, told The Washington Times in an email. “We will not be filing for arbitration.”
Brouwer, who made $1.025 million in each of the past two years, is expected to get a raise after piling up 76 points in two seasons with Chicago.
The deadline if the Caps chose to go to club-elected arbitration is Wednesday at 5 p.m.