NHL: Analyzing The Eric Brewer To Tampa Bay Deal

Daniel FriedmanCorrespondent IFebruary 18, 2011

ST LOUIS, MO - DECEMBER 09: Eric Brewer #4 of the St. Louis Blues skates against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Scottrade Center on December 9, 2010 in St Louis, Missouri. The Blues defeated The Blue Jackets 4-1.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Eric Brewer is moving south.

The St. Louis Blues have shipped the versatile defenseman to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for a third round pick and a prospect.

This trade is just one of many savvy moves that Steve Yzerman has made since being hired as the Bolts' General Manager prior to this season. Yzerman also recently dealt for goaltender Dwayne Roloson, providing Tampa with a quality goalie they could count on.

The Blues will get defensive prospect Brock Beukeboom, the son of former NHLer Jeff Beukeboom.

The Lightning were able to upgrade the blue line at a relatively low cost, without having to break up their roster. They got a player in Brewer that has playoff experience and is solid at both ends of the ice.

Brewer has also played for Team Canada at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, helping his country capture Gold.

This season, he has just 14 points (eight goals, six assists), but has played a major leadership role with the young Blues.

He joins a Tampa Bay team that has plenty of offensive ability, starting with Steven Stamkos, Martin St. Louis, and Vincent Lecavalier, but is paper-thin in terms of defensive depth.

Brewer is an excellent addition for the Bolts, a team looking poised for a long playoff run.

After this deal, they are now better suited to accomplish that goal.