Troy Brouwer would consider joining the Vancouver Canucks if he does not re-sign with the St. Louis Blues, the veteran forward told NEWS 1130 in Vancouver on Monday.
The native of North Delta, British Columbia can become an unrestricted free agent July 1.
"I have thought about it, for sure," Brouwer said. "Family and friends; playing for my hometown, it would be an experience for sure."
Brouwer, acquired by the Blues in a trade with the Washington Capitals for T.J. Oshie on July 2, 2015, had 39 points in 82 regular-season games in his first season in St. Louis. He scored eight goals and 13 points in 20 Stanley Cup Playoff games to help the Blues reach the Western Conference Final, where they lost to the San Jose Sharks in six games.
Brouwer, who will be 31 on Aug. 17, said he expects to speak with St. Louis about a new contract.
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"Not sure what the Blues' plans are; I'm assuming we will talk with them before July 1," he said.
Brouwer said he grew up watching Mark Messier play in Vancouver and that his dad is a Canucks fan. Though Brouwer is open to playing in Vancouver, he is unsure if the Canucks have interest in him.
"Definitely be a great experience to play for the hometown team and see what it's like," Brouwer said. "But I don't know what the Canucks' plans are."