18 February 2011
Updates later as to what is going to St. Louis for him as well as some thoughts.
So I intended to write this sometime during my work day yesterday, but work was crazy yesterday and I haven't had access to a computer until now. I still won't be without my actual laptop until tomorrow morning and let me tell you how hard it is NOT to be able to write about something when you want to.
Thoughts 24 hours after:
The official deal yesterday was Eric Brewer to Tampa for a third-round draft pick in 2011 and the rights to prospect Brock Beukeboom.
The Lightning who did need to upgrade their defence going into the playoffs get a 31 year old defenceman that will be a UFA at the end of the season. It was Brewer who chose to waive his no trade clause for the Lightning, which tells you he thought we would be the best fit for him if he wanted to play for a Stanley Cup contending team. For the Blues, this will give them cap space, a prospect and a pick.
From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
"Just the fact that (the Blues) were inquiring and wanted to have some dialogue about a possible move ...," Brewer said. "I think in the end, you just want to make a good decision for everyone and put yourself in a really good spot to play hockey for a long time. Playing in Tampa will certainly change that this year."
The Lightning didn't give up much for Brewer. They gave up a third round pick and a player that has already had his second concussion this season.
Last summer, Laura of Thrashing the Blues had said that Brewer should be on his was out of the team this year. On Thursday, several writers the St. Louis Post Dispatch had already identified Brewer as the obvious guy to get traded from the Blues due to his age, and upcoming UFA status. Then on Friday he gets traded.
Brewer was originally drafted by the New York Islanders in 1997, was traded to the Edmonton Oilers in 2000 and then to the Blues in 2005 (in the deal that sent Pronger to Edmonton). He has played 6 years with the Blues, and has been plagued by injuries over the years.
In 2008 he was named team captain, but this decision still doesn't seem to sit well with Blues fans. If you think his captaincy means he had lots of leadership, well it may not necessarily come with it as he earned the nickname 'Brewerbot' as some fans have taken to "calling him a robot based on his emotionless body language and lack of facial expressions on the ice combined with his seemingly quiet demeanor off it" -St. Louis Game Time
This season he has 8 goals and 14 points in the 54 games he's played. From what I've read on twitter, this past season he's had a really strong year for himself.
I don't really care if he is a robot. Maybe he just need a good friend named Watson or something to bring out his good side. But in the end, since we have a ton of leadership in our dressing room already, this is works because the Lightning have a need. Our need is a better defence, and with Brewer, it already looks better heading into the playoffs.