The Washington Times - June 27, 2011, 03:23PM

Troy Brouwer boasts NHL experience beyond his years. He won the Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks last season and dealt with defeat a couple months ago to the eventual Western Conference-champion Canucks.

In a conference call Monday, Brouwer – whom the Caps traded for Friday night – praised his new team for having a lot of talent and skill but didn’t mince words about what needs to improve.

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“The only weakness is they just need to get over that hump in the playoffs,” he said.

The 25-year-old gritty winger hopes to be part of solving that problem, perhaps even as a leader because of how much he has experienced in his career.

“There’s no boundary on leadership age,” Brouwer said, adding that he doesn’t need to wear a “C” or “A” on his chest to provide some of that. “I’d rather just go out and play hard and lead by example and pitch in when I need to pitch in.”

Like general manager George McPhee, Brouwer isn’t concerned with his restricted free agent status

“They are interested in signing me, otherwise they wouldn’t have traded a first-round pick for me,” he said. “I have no doubts in my mind right know that we will be able to work out a deal, quickly I think.”