Bolts Add Brewer, Search for Forward Begins
The Tampa Bay Lightning acquired defenceman Eric Brewer from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a third round draft pick and defensive prospect Brock Beukeboom.
Brewer is a 31 year old player that was drafted 5th overall by the New York Islanders in 1997. He played for the Edmonton Oilers as well as the Blues.
Brewer is the perfect fit for Tampa, as I stated in earlier how the Lightning needed another defenceman.
He made his debut in a shootout loss to the Florida Panthers last night, a game in which both teams rested their number one goalies as Tomas Vokoun and Dwayne Roloson both sat out.
Tampa now has a solid blueline and has a player that can play in big games. Don't forget that even though Brewer has only played in 12 playoff games, but he also played for Team Canada in the 2002 Olympics, winning a gold medal. He was a teammate of Steve Yzerman's in that tournament and the two meet up again in Tampa Bay. Brewer was also an NHL All Star in 2003. Check out the line-up with Brewer's addition:
Hedman - Ohlund
Brewer - Clark
Kubina - Bergeron
Jones, Lundin (injured), Smaby
Although I am glad they added a player like Brewer, it makes me wonder what Brock Beukeboom would have turned out to be. Beukeboom is the son of former NHLer Jeff Beukeboom, who was known for his rugged style of play. He was said to be a defensive defenceman with some offensive capabilities and skill in his game. He was a third round pick of the Lightning, and to gain a player like Brewer some of their future had to be given up. Hopefully it translates to more wins come post-season.
Now Yzerman shifts his focus to adding a forward. Like I said, Cory Stillman would be a perfect fit in the young Tampa dressing room. Knowing Yzerman, he has a plan and I can't wait to see what happens next.