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Nevermind those Eric Brewer trade rumors; he's an alternate captain tonight

So, yeah:

Certainly an odd move considering recent reports from reputable sources (Bob McKenzie) that suggested Eric Brewer, who was a healthy scratch in the season's opening two games, was being actively shopped by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times had thrown cold water on that rumor earlier this week, and slapping an 'A' on Brewer's chest tonight seems to indicate that, at least for now, he's going to remain a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Of course, with promising young blue liners Andrej Sustr and Mark Barberio both healty scratches tonight -- and a few AHL bubble players looming on the horizon to make the Lightning as soon as next season -- it's still fair to speculate about Brewer's future in Tampa Bay, especially considering his contract expires at the end of this season.