The Washington Times - September 12, 2012, 10:10AM

Giving up a first-round pick last year for Troy Brouwer turned out well for the Washington Capitals as he was a fixture on the top line for much of the season. His $2.35 million cap hit was a steal.

With 18 goals and 15 assists, Brouwer earned a three-year, $11 million extension from the Caps. He’ll earn $3.6 million in 2013-14, $3.65 million in ‘14-15 and $3.7 million in ‘15-16. His $3.67 million cap hit is still an excellent value for a top-six forward.

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Brouwer was excited about the extension, and he’s expected to address it in full on a conference call with reporters later Wednesday.

We are pleased to sign Troy Brouwer to a contract extension, general manager George McPhee said in a statement released by the team. 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 is a vital part of the Caps’ locker room in addition to his on-ice contributions. A leader at age 27, he was an alternate captain in stretches last season.

Brouwer and his wife, Carmen, are expecting their first child in October.

This deal got done with days left in the current collective bargaining agreement. It’s uncertain how contracts will change in the new CBA. Brouwer had one season left on the two-year deal signed with the Caps last summer.