Eric Brewer has been a defenseman with the St. Louis Blues since the ‘05-’06 season and is in the last year of his contract that pays him $4.5 million this year with a cap hit of $4.25 million.
Prior to this season, his stats with the Blues were:
Eric Brewer’s CBS Sports’ Rankings:
The only time the Blues made the playoffs in the five seasons Brewer has been with the team, was in ‘08-’09 when he only played 28 games to start the season before getting hurt. At that point the Blues were one of the worst teams in the NHL. In the 2nd half of that season (without Brewer in the lineup) the Blues got on a roll and made an unbelievable run to make the playoffs.
Brewer has a combined +/- rating of minus 76 over his time in St. Louis, which includes seasons of minus 14 and minus 17 when the Blues had pretty good goaltending. His minus 14 +/- rating came in ‘08-’09 in only 28 games played.
He struggles in his role as a defensive defenseman, he rarely contributes points on the scoreboard and he rarely plays a physical game and he frequently mishandles the puck and/or makes poor decisions with the puck in key situations.
Brewer has had injury problems with St. Louis as well. In three of his years here he only played in 32, 28 & 59 games.
According to Brewer’s teammates and the organization, Brewer is a great leader and has the support of his teammates. Seeing how Brewer behaves behind closed doors is impossible for fans, so they have to take the team’s word for it. But I don’t think a lot of fans care how Brewer is in the locker room. They want results on the ice. With Brewer currently captaining the Blues, he needs to lead by example on the ice, and he just hasn’t done that. His poor stats and severely inconsistent play back that up.
Over his time in St. Louis, Eric Brewer has been one of the most disappointing players on the ice.
Rumors are swirling that the St. Louis Blues are wanting to extend Brewer’s contract.
There are a lot of pretty good defensemen that make around what Eric Brewer is making. See: http://www.nhlnumbers.com/players?position=Defence&sort=salary_1011&year=2011
The Blues would be much better off by NOT resigning Eric Brewer in the offseason and looking to upgrade at that position via free agency, or by promoting from within. Or better yet, if someone else wants Brewer’s services, trade him at the deadline for a prospect or a draft pick.
Please sign the petition if you do not want the Blues to extend Brewer’s contract.