Lightning, Brewer close on four-year deal

It’s just a matter of time before Eric Brewer’s name can be taken off the unrestricted free agent list for July 1st.

The Tampa Bay Lightning are closing in on a four-year contract in the ballpark of $16 million with the veteran defenceman, according to Hockeycentral’s Nick Kypreos.

Brewer, acquired by the Lightning in a trade with the St. Louis Blues last season, managed just one goal and one assist in 22 games with the club. In the 54 games prior to the deal, Brewer recorded eight goals and six assists with the Blues.

A former fifth overall pick by the New York Islanders in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, the 6-foot-3, 222-pound defenceman had seven points (one goal, six assists) in 18 playoff appearances before the Lightning were eliminated in seven games of the Eastern Conference final to the Boston Bruins.

In 758 career games, Brewer has 65 goals and 145 assists.