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Ducks acquire Eric Brewer from Lightning to bolster depleted defense

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ANAHEIM, California — Strapped for healthy defensemen, the Anaheim Ducks acquired 16-year veteran Eric Brewer from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday for a third-round pick in next year's Entry Draft.

The 35-year-old was the fifth overall pick in the 1997 draft by the New York Islanders and also played for Edmonton and St. Louis, where he was captain for three seasons.

Anaheim's Francois Beauchemin is sidelined for at least four-to-six weeks because of a broken finger on his right hand, sustained when he blocked T.J. Brodie's slapshot during Tuesday's 3-2 win against Calgary. Clayton Stoner missed his third straight game on Friday because of the mumps.

Defenseman Jesse Blacker made his NHL debut Friday against Chicago after his promotion from Norfolk of the AHL.

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