Calgary Flames Sign Brouwer, Johnson

USATSI_9301020_154158418_lowresThe Calgary Flames have signed forward Troy Brouwer. Reports suggest the deal is for four years to the tune of $18 million.

The Flames have picked up a valuable playoff performer in the 30-year-old Vancouver native, as Brouwer put together a convincing campaign in the post-season with the St. Louis Blues. He managed 13 points in 20 games, including eight goals.

Brouwer is a big body checker, with a 6’3, 213-pound frame. He’s a hard-nosed player and likes to hang around the net, which should be a nice fit for the Flames.

The 30-year-old put up 39 points with the Blues last season, including 18 goals. His best season came in 2013-2014 with the Washington Capitals, when he scored 25 goals and added 18 assists for 43 points in 82 games.

Brouwer already has put down roots in Calgary, as he’s been building a house in the city. The signing certainly expedites the transition.

“Calgary is a city we have a lot of friends and a lot of family in. We came in wanting to move here quite a while ago, and it just checked off a lot of boxes for us,” said Brouwer. “It just happened to work out really, really well that I ended up becoming a Flame a couple months later.”

The Flames also signed goalie Chad Johnson, which helps solidify their situation between the pipes. They recently picked up Brian Elliot and have two netminders at a bargain, especially considering how much they were paying Jonas Hiller.

Johnson is coming off a career-high 45 games last season with the Buffalo Sabres, where he posted a 22-16-1 record with a .920. The 30-year-old from Saskatoon has also played for the New York Islanders, Boston Bruins, Phoenix Coyotes, and New York Rangers.

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