The Calgary Flames are about to free themselves of Troy Brouwer’s contract.
GM Brad Treliving placed the veteran forward on unconditional waivers on Thursday, a necessary step before buying out Brouwer’s contract.
Brouwer has been a bust in Calgary. He was supposed to provide grit, leadership, and scoring ability on one of the team’s top two lines. Signing a four-year, $18 million contract two years ago, he scored just 13 goals and 25 points in his first season with the Flames. He had just six goals and 22 points last year.
Given that Brouwer turns 33 this month, the likelihood that he would return to form seemed unlikely.
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Instead of being anchored by Brouwer’s $4.5 million cap hit in each of the next two seasons, the Flames will only be charged $1.5 million, but it will take affect in each of the next four years.
The Brouwer move is the latest in a summer of change for the Flames, who have mixed up their core. It remains to be seen if the team is better than it was last year, but at least they’ll be different.