The Washington Capitals signed forward Troy Brouwer (left) to a two-year, $2.35 million deal on July 6, 2011. The Capitals traded their first-round pick to the Chicago Blackhawks during the NHL draft for the rights to Brouwer, who could challenge Alexander Semin and Mike Knuble for big minutes at right wing. (Associated Press)

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The Washington Capitals signed forward Troy Brouwer (left) to a two-year, $2.35 million deal on July 6, 2011. The Capitals traded their first-round pick to the Chicago Blackhawks during the NHL draft for the rights to Brouwer, who could challenge Alexander Semin and Mike Knuble for big minutes at right wing. (Associated Press)