Twitter is alight this afternoon with the news Eric Brewer, Captain of the St. Louis Blues, has waived his no trade clause in order to accept a trade to the Tampa Bay Lightning. In exchange for Brewer, the Lightning would be reportedly giving up Brock Beukeboom (drafted in last summer's entry draft) while TSN's Bob McKenzie says that it'll be a 2nd round pick that's involved. No telling who is right.
Nick Kypreos is reporting it's a done deal: Defensive prospect Beukeboom and a 3rd round pick for defenseman Eric Brewer.
I'm looking at this as a depth move -- while I expected a lower tier defenseman to maybe be brought in, someone unheralded... I didn't expect someone of the stature of Brewer to be brought in.
BoltProspects.com had reported Brock Beukeboom had his second concussion of his OHL season almost two weeks ago, and the third for his career (if not more). In that health related aspect, Beukeboom has become expendable in the Bolts plans.
But Brewer is minus-107 for his career and is in the final year of his 4 year contract. He also becomes Tampa Bay's ninth defenseman. You have to think that someone on the blue line will be moved -- or a waiver/demotion attempt will take place iwth Matt Smaby.