Connor Brown was surprised to be traded by senators in Ottawa, but the striker is clearly very excited to join the Washington Capitals.
The 28-year-old Ontarian was traded this summer for the second round of selection in 2024. He was the team’s most-used player with an average of 20 minutes and 3 seconds per game on the ice in 2021-2022.
So the shock was very real when he learned of the transaction. Disbelief soon gave way to excitement, when his thoughts turned to Alexander Ovechkin in particular.
“It took me a while to realize that, but we’re going full speed now,” Brown told the official National Hockey League (NHL) website recently. I think we will be good. There is something to get excited about. I’m just focused on what I can add to what has already been a very good team for so many years.”
“They already have the foundations to be a really good team, so I will try to go in and make a difference in any way I can.”
Brown has two career seasons with 20 goals, and tampered with his personal mark of 43 points in 2021-22, having scored 10 goals and 39 points in 64 games.
Accustomed to all kinds of sauces by his NHL coaches – and proud that we give him that confidence – Brown was quickly able to get an idea of the projects of his new coach, Peter Laviollette. The two men had already spoken, and they seemed to be in the same tune.
“I just talked a little [Laviolette] And it was about doing different things: playing shorthand, moving up and down the formation, playing with the best players, playing here and there, things like that.”
“It’s a similar role to one I’ve played throughout my career. It’s always good when you’re on the same page with your coach and when he sees you the way you see yourself.”
Brown has 90 goals and 216 points in 444 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Senators. He will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the next campaign.
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