Very good moves by the Blues. As a Blues fan, I'm very happy with BOTH of these deals. We have finally found a legit #1 goaltender in Manny Legace, and it's nice to know that we have him locked up for a couple more years. With the Blues, we could never find a legit starting goaltender. We went through Roman Turek, Brent Johnson, Fred Braithwait, Chris Osgood
, Patrick Lalime
, and Curtis Sanford all in the matter of just a couple years. None of them proved that they could be a great starting goaltender in this league, so we went through a long period searching for a good starting goaltender. Even Osgood and Lalime ended up to be busts with us. The Blues biggest problem is that they have never had a real solid goalie since the days of Grant Fuhr and Curtis Joseph. During the period when we made the Playoffs for 30 years in a row, we could never win the Stanley Cup for one major reason. And that reason was that we didn't have a solid goaltender. Now we finally found one in Manny Legace. Everybody in St. Louis loves Manny.
As for Brewer, I'm pretty happy about this deal too. Brewer had a rough year last year, and he got off to a bad start this year too. But that was when Mike Kitchen was the coach. Ever since Murray arrived, Brewer has been playing some of the best hockey in his entire career. And anyone in St. Louis can tell you that. He has a lot of size, and he's become a good defenseman. He uses that size to drive to the net sometimes, he pinches in on the point to keep the puck in the zone, he uses his big body to throw some big hits, and everything. I've been impressed with him under Any Murray. Brewer's not a bad defenseman. Murray has really helped this kid a lot. Brewer used to be a very good defenseman with Edmonton, and he even played on team Canada. Plus, a couple times he played in the NHL All-Star game. So he's good. He just got off to a rocky start here in STL, but now he's found his rhythm, and he's back to being a good defenseman. Plus he's young, so I think he will only get better. Good move by John Davidson to lock these guys up.