The Lightning acquired forward B.J. Crombeen from the St. Louis Blues for fourth-round picks in 2013 and 2014. Tampa Bay also gets a fifth-round pick in the deal. Crombeen had 49 points and 515 penalty minutes in 265 games over four seasons with the Blues.
The Bolts just got a little bit tougher as Crombeen was sixth in the NHL in receiving fighting majors last season with 17.
The Colorado native was claimed off waivers by the Blues in 2008. He was drafted by Dallas in the second round, 54th overall in 2003.
Jeff Quirin of BlueNoteZone.com says of Crombeen, “A decent fouth line role player who can help on the penalty kill and chip in 5-10 goals. Doesn’t skate well enough though.”
About the Author: WB Philp is a published hockey writer who has a built in disdain for Barry Melrose. He covered the Detroit sports teams for many years until he came to his senses and moved to the Sunshine State. He is a true puckhead on a mission from God (Gordie Howe) to make hockey relevant in the south. He lives in Hockey Bay USA and covers the Lightning full time. Did I mention he hates Barry Melrose?