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    Contract talks continue for Brewer, Mayers
    By Jeremy Rutherford
    Of the Post-Dispatch

    Negotiations with Blues restricted free agents Eric Brewer and Jamal Mayers are continuing into the weekend.

    They are two of four Blues players who have received qualifying offers and not accepted a deal. The deadline is Monday afternoon for players to be guaranteed a contract at the qualifying figure.

    Left winger Peter Sejna and defenseman Brett Scheffelmaier are the other two players who have not signed a new contract or accepted qualifying offers.

    With Brewer, a defenseman whom the Blues acquired in the trade for defenseman Chris Pronger, it appears to be a matter of ironing out a multiyear deal. The Blues inherited a $2 million qualifying offer on Brewer when the trade with Edmonton was made.

    Don Meehan, Brewer's agent, said he has "only had a very general discussion" with Blues general manager Larry Pleau. "I've had one discussion with Eric," he said. "We'll speak again this weekend, and once we've done that, I'll have a chance to get back to Larry."

    Pleau said: "We're talking and we'll see what happens."

    Regarding Mayers, sources say the right winger is looking for a larger contract. Mayers, who scored six goals and had four assists in 80 games in 2003-04, received a qualifying offer of $702,240 from the Blues.

    Larry Kelly, Mayers' agent, has not returned phone messages left by the Post-Dispatch.

    Pleau said: "I've talked to the agent a little bit. They've still got until Monday at 5 (p.m.) to make this decision. I'm sure the agent is going to get back to me."

    If Brewer and Mayers sign their qualifying offers by Monday afternoon, they will play this season at the aforementioned scale; however, they will be unable to negotiate an extension until after Jan. 1.

    If they do not sign the qualifiers by Monday, they will be allowed to continue discussions on long-term deals. But if they don't come to an agreement on one by Dec. 1, they are prohibited from playing the balance of the 2005-06 season.

    On Friday, the Blues said right winger Mark Rycroft signed a one-year contract for $450,000, and center Ryan Johnson accepted a $585,200 qualifying offer. The team also re-signed Mike Glumac and Mike Stuart, and Trevor Byrne accepted his qualifying offer.

    "Can't buy what I want because it's free...
    Can't buy what I want because it's free..."
    -- Pearl Jam, from the single Corduroy