The Anaheim Ducks have picked up veteran defenseman Eric Brewer from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for a third-round pick (previously acquired from Edmonton) in the 2015 draft.
The Ducks, in a related story, also announced today that d-man Francois Beauchemin is out 4-6 weeks with a broken finger and that d-man Clayton Stoner is day-to-day with the mumps. The Brewer acquisition also comes not long after the Ducks traded veteran d-man Bryan Allen to Montreal. For today’s afternoon game against Chicago, Anaheim had to recall Jesse Blacker from AHL Norfolk.
Brewer, 35, got into 17 games for the Lightning this season, registering no goals and four assists. But with the pending return of Victor Hedman from injury, and with Tampa Bay boasting one of the deepest blue lines in the NHL, it may have been hard for him to get into many more.
In fact, prior to the trade, Brewer had been a healthy scratch in four of Tampa Bay’s last five games.
“It’s very hard on him, this is a very proud man, and he’s played well for us,” associate coach Rick Bowness said, per the Tampa Bay Times. “With the depth that we have, players are sitting and they’re not playing their way out of the lineup. For a man who has been around a long time, this is the first time in his career he’s been faced with this, it’s very, very hard on him.”
Brewer is a pending unrestricted free agent with a cap hit of $3.875 million.