Blues' Brewer could miss season following surgery

ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Blues defenseman Eric Brewer will
undergo surgery for a dislocated shoulder that could sideline him
for the rest of the season.

Brewer, the key player acquired in a trade for Chris Pronger in
the offseason, opted for the surgery two days after receiving a
second opinion from Dr. Anthony Miniaci of Cleveland that
reaffirmed the diagnosis of team doctors. No date has been set for
the operation, the team said Sunday.

The Blues also placed goaltender Jason Bacashihua on injured
reserve with a left shoulder injury and recalled goaltender Chris
Beckford-Tseu from the Alaska Aces of the ECHL.

Brewer hurt his left shoulder in a collision with Atlanta's Karl
Stewart in the second period on Jan. 13. In 32 games he has six
goals and three assists.

Bacashihua, 23, was injured in the third period of Friday
night's game at Columbus. Beckford-Tseu, 21, is 13-1-2 with a 1.97
goals-against average at Alaska and was recalled by the Blues for
one game earlier in the season.