Tag: Derek Brassard

NHL Trade Deadline News: Weal to Montreal, Hayes to Winnipeg, McQuaid to Columbus, Brassard to Colorado

As the Trade deadline nears in on its final hours here is what we have seen in the last three hours.

Kevin Hayes was sent to Winnipeg for Brendan Lemieux, a 1st rounder and conditional pick (4th rounder if Jets win Stanley Cup)

Montreal acquired some depth down the middle. Jordan Weal the former Flyer who was sent to Arizona this season has now landed in Montreal. Montreal traded away Michael Chaput for Weal. Weal

Adam McQuaid was just sent to Columbus for a 4th and 7th rounder. McQuaid was a former Bruin until he made his way to New York. Now Columbus has been apart of three deals within the last 48 hours.

Brassard, the veteran center provides some depth down the middle and up front to a team that struggles with forward depth. The Colorado Avalanche acquire Brassard for a 2020 3rd round pick.

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Five Teams That Could Use Derick Brassard

Derick Brassard has been under performing a bit since coming to Pittsburgh, but his two years in Pittsburgh are not indicative of who Brassard is as a player nor what he can bring to a team. Brassard is center/left winger, not the fastest player but he holds his own in the quick nature of the game today. At 31-years-old Brassard has 90 playoff games and some Stanley Cup playoff experience.

Brassard started his career in Columbus where he played in 304 games with 169 points until he was shipped to the New York Rangers in 2012 where he made his name in the league. Brassard played 254 games with the Rangers collecting 174 points. Brassard had three seasons in a row with 45+ points until he was sent to Ottawa where he played 139 games with 77 points. Now he is in Pittsburgh bouncing back and forth between the third, second and fourth line. Brassard has spent 1.5 seasons with Pittsburgh 51 games and 22 points later and the Penguins are ready to move on from the aging forward.

Despite his struggles in Pittsburgh Brassard is still a potential 35-40 point player. The pressure in Pittsburgh has been a lot for the forward to handle and he is surrounded by so many great players that he may feel as if he is not getting his fair share. His confidence is surely low, he needs a shake up some new scenery to perhaps give his career one more shot until teams really start giving up on the tenured forward. At 31, 753 regular season games and 90 playoff games, these five teams could use Brassard.

  1. Edmonton Oilers: The Oilers are on a full-court press to make the playoffs. Brassard is not exactly what they are looking for but look at him as a piece to a puzzle, he will fit but they still need one more guy. The Oilers lack forward depth and scoring depth, plus anyone who plays with Connor McDavid is sure to revive their career. Brassard can still score, he has a good shot and is more of a grinding, defensive forward. Which he can come to Edmonton and probably score 25 points along side McDavid. Edmonton would also only need to give up Alex Petrovic, Matthew Benning or a Kyle Brodizak/Zach Kassian type player (one or two of these guys) The Penguins need defense and forward depth.
  2. Columbus Blue Jackets: The Blue Jackets are familiar with Brassard and so is John Tortorella. Not to mention the Blue Jackets could certainly use another left winger or center, they have a pretty deep line up but Brassard could slide in with Alex Wennberg/Anthony Duclair or Boone Jenner and Nick Foligno. Columbus could send Anthony Duclair or Josh Anderson over.
  3. Boston Bruins: The Bruins dealt with some injury issues early in the year and could have used Brassard down the middle in November. Still the Bruins are so solid in their top-three but their next two lines are not consistently productive. They have to do a lot of line-swapping to make things work. But Brassard can slide in on the second or third line easily in Boston. Boston can send over one of their bottom six forwards and a pick, the issue is the Bruins are probably weary to get another veteran winger after Rick Nash last year plus they only have 3.8 million in cap space.
  4. Winnipeg Jets: The Jets are a playoff team and a team on the cusp of a Stanley Cup run they need more depth and consistency on their line up. Plus a veteran like Brassard never hurts, his experience goes a long way in the locker room. Brassard can slide in on line three at center with Mathieu Perreault and Branden Tanev. The Jets have a slew of forwards to send, or maybe even Tyler Myers…
  5. Nashville Predators: Much like Winnipeg, Nashville’s is a Stanley Cup team. They are right there, and there time is fading away in my eyes. The Predators have very solid forwards, a good line one and amazing back end but from forward six to nine they could use some work. Brassard can fill in at line two to center Kevin Fiala and Craig Smith. Penguins could get Ryan Hartman or Colton Sissons in return as well.

 

 

NHL Trade News: Trade Deadline T-Minus 9 days away

Holy trade rumors and some trades have occurred. Maybe a little late on the Dion Phaneuf – Marion Gaborik trade? Possibly. It did happen Tuesday and it is now Saturday. Anyways this trade for those that do not know was Marion Gaborik, Nick Shore for Dion Phaneuf, Nate Thompson and 25% Phaneuf’s contract retained. Phaneuf headed to L.A. and Gaborik is now in Ottawa. Both had successful first nights with their new NHL teams.

Next deal that happened Thursday night was between Toronto and St. Louis, the Blues bought extremely low on Nikita Soshnikov, the Leafs prospects, while the Blues gave Toronto a 4th round pick. Soshnikov was in the system for quite some time now, played a total of 70 games over three-years with Toronto totaling 14 points. The Blues added Soshnikov for hopeful depth but they are far from done this deadline, I can promise you that.

The small deal that happened Thursday night was Chris Didomenico to Chicago and Ville Pokka to Ottawa. Small nothing major.

Some more recent news that has come out today though is a lot of different information about different teams so bare with me I am going to spitball some information and ideas at you quickly.

Ok, so…

VERY recent news the Flyers declined an offer from the Red Wings that involved G Petr Mzarek for a 3rd round pick. I think the Flyers are icing the Red Wings waiting to see if they lower the price but that may be a bad move by the Flyers, I can see the Red Wings offering the Islanders a deal and if they decline than the Flyers shoot back to Detroit for a cheaper price. Inevitably I see Mzarek on the Flyers before the deadline.

The Leafs and Stars reached out to Detroit about Luke Glendening, Glendening the 28-year-old center has played 337 games totaling 74 points, also has three-years playoff experience. I would have to say that Glendening has a better chance of ending up in Dallas over Toronto. After moving Soshniikov, and battling with room in the lineup for Josh Leivo what would be the need for Glendening. Not sure on this one, doubt either team bites on the depth center.

Pittsburgh Penguins are in the process of shopping Matt Hunwick, due to Ian Cole’s play improving as of late. The Penguins could use a depth defenseman and some depth on the front end but their first need should be a defenseman. Just not sure what they can give up due to their lack of prospects and picks. Right now the Penguins have first-round picks but also vary in second and third round picks for the next three-years.

The Devils and Blues have supposedly been digging into Derek Brassard, but the asking price is too high…right now. Also, Blues are in serious trade talks for Mike Hoffman as well as Brassard. Patrik Berglund, Robby Fabbri, and Vladimir Sobotka are all pieces they are willing to give. We’ll see where this goes in two or three days as the deadline nears because Ottawa has made it very clear they want to move some of their forwards due to some contract problems this offseason and next season. Also, St. Louis is kicking tires on Oilers forward Patrick Maroon, that’s all that has been said here, all I can expect to see there is a 4th for Maroon or a 6th and a prospect for Maroon.

Ryan McDonagh and Radim Vrbata have submitted their 10-team no-trade lists and piggybacking off McDonagh the Rangers have expressed they want Jacob Debrusk from the Bruins as the main part of the deal for McDonagh. Not much else has surfaced about this deal and or any other player the Rangers are looking to move.

Vegas is supposedly hearing offers on James Neal, nothing to lose there, they add to their pool of picks and prospects, and don’t have to re-sign Neal. Nashville is all in on Rick Nash.