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Tampa Bay Lightning apparently has acquired Blues defenseman Eric Brewer

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The Tampa Bay Lightning apparently has acquired Blues defenseman Eric Brewer. No word from the Lightning, though the Blues web site is saying Tampa Bay will send defensive prospect Brock Beukeboom and a third-round pick in 2011. That contradicts earlier indications Tampa Bay would send a second-round pick. Brewer would give Tampa Bay the top-four defenseman it has been craving.

Brewer, 31, is 6 feet 3, 220 pounds and has eight goals and 14 points in 54 games this season for St. Louis. He also is plus-1 on a team that has been outscored by 16 goals. The 12-year veteran and captain is averaging 22:14 of ice time. He is an unrestricted free agent with a contract that is paying $4.5 million this season. Prorated for the rest of the season, he is owed about $1.3 million.

It is an interesting deal for the Lightning considering GM Steve Yzerman has been on the record saying he would not trade his first-, second- or third-round picks for this year or 2012. He also said he likely would not look at players who would be high-priced unrestricted free agents over the summer, which Brewer will be.

But with Mike Lundin on the shelf indefinitely with an abdominal injury and after Thursday night's 6-2 loss to the Red Wings in which the defense, as it is, was exposed, especially in the first period, Yzerman obviously believed he had to make a move if the team was to compete in the playoffs.

[Last modified: Sunday, March 20, 2011 12:15am]

    

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