2012 NHL Free Agency: Blues Trade B.J. Crombeen To Lightning For Draft Picks

After a flurry of free agent signings, Tampa Bay engineered a trade on Tuesday to bring in depth - and enforcement -acquiring right wing B.J. Crombeen and a fifth round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft for a pair of fourth-rounders in 2013 and '14.

Crombeen, originally drafted by the Dallas Stars in 2003 and claimed off of waivers by the Blues in 2008, is coming off of an injury shortened 2011-'12 season with the Blues thanks to a fractured left shoulder in the preseason. Crombeen is noted tough guy, with more than 148 penalty minutes in three of his last four seasons. Crombeen was sixth in the NHL in fighting majors (17) last season, despite playing only half the year.

Crombeen scored one goal and three points last season with 50 shots on goal. He's averaged 12:03 in ice time per game during his career, including more than 12 minutes in three of the previous four seasons.

In addition to a respectable fourth line forward, here's what Tampa gets in Crombeen, courtesy of Hockey Fights:

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