Blues trade Brewer

It appears as though Tomas Kaberle will not be the only big name defencemen moving Friday, as the St. Louis Blues announced they have traded their captain Eric Brewer to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Brewer, 31 has agreed to waive his no-trade clause to go to the Lightning. In return, the Blues will receive defensive prospect Brock Beukeboom and a 2011 third round draft pick.

Eric has eight goals and six assists from the blue line this season. The Vernon, British Columbia native has played 11 NHL seasons between the New York Islanders, Edmonton Oilers and the Blues. In 736 total games he has 64 goals and 144 assists.

The former 1st round, 5th overall selection in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft is in the final year of a four-year contract signed back in 2007.

The 18-year old Beukeboom, was drafted 63rd overall by the Lightning in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. In 66 games last season with Sault Ste. Marie of the OHL, the 6-1, 202 lb. defencemen had 7 goals and 19 assists.

Adam Reid


Adam Reid's picture

I totally agree, Mike. This move is for the soul purpose of being able to compete in the playoffs against the Flyers and the Bruins.

George Prax's picture

Definitely a move in response to those deals but they needed a d-man anyway and it's not a bad move. Habs should be next.