Blackhawks’ Troy Brouwer undergoes shoulder surgery
BY ADAM L. JAHNS firstname.lastname@example.org May 12, 2011 10:30PM
Troy Brouwer (22) ended the regular season with a 22-game goal drought and didn’t record a point in the playoffs. | Brian Kersey~AP
Updated: June 14, 2011 12:41AM
Blackhawks winger Troy Brouwer just couldn’t put the puck in the net.
Brouwer ended the regular season mired in a 22-game goal drought and then failed to register a point in seven games against the Vancouver Canucks in the playoffs.
On Thursday, the Hawks revealed that Brouwer — their most physical player this season — had been battling a shoulder injury.
“Brouwer underwent surgery on Tuesday to repair a right shoulder labral tear which had been symptomatic intermittently throughout the season,” team physician Michael Terry said. “The surgery went very well, and we anticipate a full recovery.”
Brouwer missed the last three games of the regular season with a sprained right shoulder after he missed a check and landed awkwardly on his shoulder against the Montreal Canadiens on April 5.
The Hawks wouldn’t disclose how long Brouwer’s recovery will take. He was the second player to undergo surgery this offseason after defenseman Chris Campoli (right knee surgery). But, according to a Hawks spokesman, Brouwer is expected to be ready by next season.
Whether he’s with the Hawks is the question.
Brouwer is a restricted free agent, and he made $1.050 million this season. He is due a raise, and while the Hawks have significantly more cap space this summer than last, he is considered trade bait as the team addresses other needs such as depth at center.
After Brouwer broke out with 22 goals in 2009-10, the Hawks had hoped he would take the next step this season. But his production dropped to 17 goals even though he had significant time among the top six forwards.
But Brouwer still has considerable value, such as his team-leading 262 hits and his versatility, which Hawks general manager Stan Bowman was quick to point out.
“His offensive production was down a little bit, but he was one of the more physical guys on the team,” Bowman said. “I know he was in the top five or six in the league in hits. He showed some versatility. I would’ve liked to see a little more production. I’m sure he would’ve as well, but sometimes those things come and go.
“I think he was still an effective player for us. He moved up and down the lineup a little bit. He’s able to play that physical role or he can play on a top line.”
NOTE: Staring tonight, Hawks goalie Marty Turco will join “NHL On The Fly” on NHL Network as an analyst during the conference finals.