The Ducks have acquired defenseman Eric Brewer
from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for a third-round selection in the 2015 NHL Draft (originally acquired from Edmonton in the Viktor Fasth trade on Mar. 4, 2014).
In addition to today's trade, the Ducks have announced that Francois Beauchemin
is out 4-6 weeks with a broken finger (on IR), and Clayton Stoner
is also on IR with the mumps (day-to-day).
Brewer, 35 (4/17/79), is a veteran of 982 NHL games, scoring 74-190=264 points with 774 penalty minutes (PIM). A native of Vernon, British Columbia, Brewer is an Olympic gold medalist (Canada, 2002) and captained the St. Louis Blues for three seasons from 2008-11. This season with Tampa Bay, Brewer collected 0-4=4 points with a +5 rating and 18 PIM in 17 games. Among team defensemen, he ranked tied for third in assists and plus/minutes, and second in PIM and hits (35).
Selected by the New York Islanders in the first round (fifth overall) of the 1997 NHL Draft, Brewer has played for the Islanders (1998-00), Edmonton (2000-04), St. Louis (2005-11) and Tampa Bay (2011-14). He was a 2003 NHL All-Star for the Oilers with career highs in goals, assists and points (8-21=29) in 80 games.
The 6-4, 216-pound defenseman has also represented Canada in numerous international events, including appearances at the World Championship in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, the World Junior Championship in 1998 and the World Cup in 2004. Along with a 2002 Olympic gold medal, Brewer also won three gold medals at the World Championship and gold at the World Cup.