Defenseman Eric Brewer
, a key acquisition by the Tampa Bay Lightning
last season, has agreed to a four-year deal with the club.
According to TSN, the deal is worth just under $16 million. Brewer was set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
"We are very pleased to get Eric re-signed today," Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman
said. "He was an important part of our team after being acquired at last year's deadline and he played a key role in the playoffs both on and off the ice."
The Lightning acquired Brewer from the St. Louis Blues
on Feb. 18 in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2011 Entry Draft and prospect Brock Beukeboom
The 32-year-old recorded 9 goals and 16 points in 76 games last season with the Blues and the Lightning. He added 1 goal and 7 points in 18 postseason games for Tampa Bay.
"I'm happy to be a part of the Lightning going forward," Brewer said. "The organization is clearly moving in the right direction and I'm proud to be a part of it."
Brewer, who won a gold medal with Canada at the Olympics in 2002, has 65 goals and 145 assists in 758 career NHL games for the Islanders, Oilers, Blues and Lightning. The Islanders took him with the fifth pick of the 1997 Entry Draft.