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Ex-captain Brewer returns to St. Louis for first time

Saturday, 11.12.2011 / 2:29 PM

By Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent / At the Rink blog

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Ex-captain Brewer returns to St. Louis for first time
Lightning defenseman Eric Brewer will make his first trip back to St. Louis since the trade last season that sent the veteran to Tampa Bay for a third-round pick and prospect Brock Beukeboom.

Brewer spent nearly six seasons in St. Louis, but was dealt in February and helped the Lightning reach the Eastern Conference Final last season.

"It worked out pretty well," Brewer said. "It could have worked out better, but I can't complain. ... It's been good. They have a very good hockey program. It was something that wasn't tough to say no to. I've liked it."

Brewer, who was the Blues' captain, enjoyed his time in St. Louis.

"It was good," Brewer said. "I really enjoyed it here. It's comfortable here. I can walk here and know people. I was treated very well. It was nice to see some of the guys that were real good to me."

Brewer also talked about the firing of former coach Davis Payne, who he played for here.

"I'm surprised, yeah," Brewer said. "He was very good when I was there. ... He's going to do well. He's a good coach."
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