A restricted free agent, Brouwer had been acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks during the 2011 Entry Draft in exchange for the 26th pick of the first round.
Brouwer, 25, had 17 goals and a personal-best 19 assists in 79 games last season. He set career-bests of 22 goals and 40 points during the 2009-10 season, and had 4 goals and 4 assists in 19 games to the help the Blackhawks win the 2010 Stanley Cup.
A 2004 seventh-round pick of the Blackhawks, the 6-foot-3, 215-pound forward has 49 goals and 54 assists in 238 NHL games.
Life's about opportunity and how you respond to that opportunity, and obviously he must have some swagger about him, some confidence about him, because he was solid. He made some good saves. He was 6-foot-3 on every shot, which is a good thing for a goalie. He played well. We got a win.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock on rookie goaltender Garret Sparks, who made 24 saves in his first NHL start, a 3-0 win vs. Oilers
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