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Trade: Tampa Bay acquires Crombeen from St. Louis

Jul 10, 2012, 1:43 PM EST

BJ Crombeen

The Tampa Bay Lightning added some toughness and grit on Tuesday by acquiring B.J. Crombeen from St. Louis for a package of picks.

Here’s the trade in full detail:

To Tampa: Crombeen, 2014 fifth-round pick

To St. Louis: 2013 fourth-round pick, 2014 fourth-round pick

A second round pick by Dallas in 2003, Crombeen spent the last four years in the Blues organization but saw his role decrease significantly last year. He appeared in just 40 games — way down from the 80 he played in 2010-11 — and only dressed for seven of St. Louis’ nine playoff contests.

At 6-foot-2, 212 pounds, Crombeen will add toughness and pugilistic skills to the Bolts lineup. He fought 18 times in 2009-10, 17 times in 2010-11 and nine times last year despite playing less than half of St. Louis’ games.

His presence should be a welcome reprieve for Ryan Malone, who led Tampa in fighting majors last year — with six.

  1. mickeyb21 - Jul 10, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    Should be noted that of those 42 games he missed in 11-12, he missed all of Oct-Dec due to a broken collar bone, not due to healthy scratch. However, he was not used as he had been in the past. Was once a penalty killer (08-10), last year turned into a stupid penalty taker. Solid third/fourth line guy. Needs to get better at fighting if that is what Tampa wants him for. I don’t remember him winning many fights the last few years.

  2. relicwingnut - Jul 10, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    Way to pick up the trash Tampa

  3. Metsys - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    Blues making room for Brenden Morrow?

    • eggserino - Jul 10, 2012 at 6:23 PM

      Maybe, but the way that Blues management is selling it is that it’s about getting Langenbrunner back in the mix… It’s interesting to watch the Blues from a cap perspective. I’m wondering if they’re going to make any moves, short of re-signing Oshie. Morrow would be nice, but his cost might prohibit the Blues from getting a partner for Petro…

  4. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    For a 4th round pick? Sure, I’ll take that risk.

  5. mathieug79 - Jul 10, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    I like this addition, It give us a 3/4th line guy, who’s willing to protect our star players, he might not win a lot of fights. but at least if one of our young guys gets hit, he can come to their defense, if he used to kill penalties, thats exactly what we need aswell. I think its a great/cheap pick up. The guy has heart, and thats what Guy Boucher wants in a player.

  6. stevedurbano - Jul 10, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    This is more about the upside potential of Ryan Reaves than dissatisfaction with Crombeen. Tampa fans should be happy with him, he comes to play every night. Best of luck.

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