Brewer Hopes To Stay With Blues
A couple of interesting deals have already taken place as we inch closer to trade deadline day.
Toronto made their move to get a young Defensive prospect.
Nashville becomes more than just a team tucked away in Tennessee….They now have Carrie Underwood’s husband. They also have a player in Mike Fisher who can help them get out of the first round of the playoffs should they get there.
What about St. Louis?
The Blues are in a holding pattern as we currently sit right now. That should stay true at least through the next week or so. What kind of moves they make after that will be interesting to watch.
The most intriguing player on the Blues roster is Eric Brewer whose four year contract expires at the end of the season. I reported several weeks ago that Brewer would likely be opposed to waiving his no-trade clause with his wife expecting in late February.
That was prior to the Brewer’s welcoming their second daughter three weeks early.
At the end of the day, it will come down what kind of market is out there for the Blues Captain. If the Blues are able to swing a deal that improves the club moving forward then they’ll obviously have to seriously consider moving him.
Brewer will have to think long and hard if an opportunity pops up to go to a contending team. A strong playoff performance can put a lot of money in your pocket come July first.
Brewer wants to stay…
As of now the Blues have yet to approach Brewer who tells me his main preference is to remain in St. Louis. That includes beyond this season where he hopes to re-sign this summer. The idea of the Blues re-signing Brewer was a big time afterthought heading into the year. There was even some minor rumblings about the team changing the Captaincy prior to the season but as one source put it at the time….lets just get through the year and move on.
Brewer’s play this season now has the club at least considering “moving on” with the former Islanders first rounder.
The Blues know replacing Brewer would not be an easy task considering the minutes he eats up. They also feel he’s a decent influence on some of the younger players in the dressing room.
I asked the question before…Do the Blues feel they need both Brewer and Barret Jackman on their roster? At what point does the team elect to change the nucleus of this club?
If the Blues were to decide not to bring him back, there’s still no urgency to move him before the deadline. As I wrote a few weeks ago, getting some budget relief with Brewer coming off the books is an asset that shouldn’t be overlooked. We hear the term asset management this time of year and giving yourself a few extra dollars to spend is certainly managing your assets properly.
The bigger question is will the Blues have extra money to spend? David Backes has a decent sized four year contract that kicks in next year. It will be interesting to learn where the budget will be set moving into 2011-2012.
How the Blues play between now and the deadline will have a lot to say about what the Blues do with their roster. There are other names including goaltender Ty Conklin who the Blues will try and move. A team looking for size, grit, and depth could bring a Brad Winchester into play.
More to come,
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