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The Florida Panthers added a veteran forward ahead of the 2018-19 season

Calgary Flames right wing Troy Brouwer (36) pauses on the ice during the first period of a February game against the Arizona Coyotes in Glendale, Ariz.
Calgary Flames right wing Troy Brouwer (36) pauses on the ice during the first period of a February game against the Arizona Coyotes in Glendale, Ariz. AP

The Florida Panthers announced Monday they have signed forward Troy Brouwer to a one-year contract.

“Troy is a skilled veteran forward with championship experience,” Panthers general manager Dale Tallon said in a release. “He adds depth to our forward group and his leadership will help our developing young core take the next step this season.”

Brouwer, 33, was originally a seventh-round pick by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2004 NHL Draft and has been in the league full time since the 2008-09 season. In 238 career games, Brouwer has recorded 169 goals and 172 assists. After his time in Chicago came to an end in 2011, Brouwer had stints with Washington (2011-2015), St. Louis (2015-2016) and Calgary (2016-2018).

Brouwer also knows what it feels like to win in the postseason. He was a member of the Blackhawks’ 2010 Stanley Cup Championship and also reached the Western Conference Final in 2016 with the St. Louis Blues.

He will add depth to a forward group that already includes Aleksander Barkov, Evgenii Dadonov, Vincent Trochek and Mike Hoffman, among a slew of others.

The Panthers hope to make a return to the Stanley Cup Playoffs this year after finishing the 2017-18 season one point shy of advancing. The Panthers open the regular season on Oct. 6 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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