The Boston Bruins
weren't the only contender in the Eastern Conference to beef up on the blue line Friday.
Tampa Bay acquired defenseman Eric Brewer
from the St. Louis Blues
for prospect Brock Beukeboom
and a third-round pick in the 2011 Entry Draft. Brewer, who has been captain in St. Louis since the 2007-08 season, had 8 goals and 14 points in 54 games for the Blues.
The 31-year-old Brewer is averaging more than 22 minutes of ice time per game this season, a total he has achieved in seven of the previous eight seasons.
"We are pleased to welcome Eric to the Lightning organiation, General Manager Steve Yzerman
said in a statement. "He is an outstanding veteran who will help solidify our defense as we move toward the end of the regular season"
Tampa Bay leads the Southeast Division and is in second place in the Eastern Conference. The Lightning have one of the top groups of forwards in the League, and the addition of veteran goaltender Dwayne Roloson
has improved the club at that position. Brewer joins a defense corps that has five players who average between 19:02 and 21:16 of ice time per contest.
"Eric has been tremendous to the St. Louis Blues
organization and the St. Louis community,” Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said. "He and his wife Rebecca are first class people and we wish them nothing but the very best."
Beukeboom is a defenseman listed at 6-foot-2 and 199 pounds. He was a third-round pick by Tampa Bay in the 2010 Entry Draft. The son of former NHL defenseman Jeff Beukeboom
, Brock has 1 goal and 8 points in 44 games for Sault Ste. Marie of the Ontario Hockey League.