Tag: Pittsburgh Penguins trade rumors

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.



Where Phil Kessel Will and Will Not End Up?

The 31-year-old goal scorer was recently to be rumored on the trade mill. Is this the end of the road for Kessel in Pittsburgh? Kessel has spent three and a half season with Pittsburgh scoring 93 goals, 157 assists with 250 points in 272 games. Kessel has played all 82 games in his three seasons with Pittsburgh and has played in all 26 games this season he has yet to miss a game during his time in Pittsburgh. Kessel has spent 13 seasons in the NHL playing 940 games by the age of 31-years-old with 770 points over those 940 games. Kessel has a career of 340 goals and 430 assists. It would be shocking to see the goal scoring Penguins forward shipped off to yet another team at this point in his career. The Penguins are rumored to be looking to move Kessel and for a matter of fact everyone else as well besides Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

Where Kessel MAY go?

Kessel has a cap hit of 6.8 million until 2022-23 therefore finding a partner for him would not be easy at all. The Penguins projected cap space is $116,525 at the moment, with the increase of the salary cap next season this certainly benefits the Penguins but the Penguins also need to find someone to eat at least 25% or more of Kessel’s contract if he were to be moved.

Kessel will probably not go to Boston, they have a projected cap of 2.5 million so no way that is happening, he is not going to Toronto either so we should probably shut the down like right now. The Leafs have a projected cap of 5 million and they need to sign Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner so no shot there. Blackhawks have 3.2 million projected cap and not many players to re-sign but I am not sure with what is going on in Chicago they would welcome Kessel plus they do not have many prospects or current roster players to give up. No shot for Dallas with $317,000 left in cap and already way too many high contracts on the roster. Calgary, Edmonton and Anaheim are probably in no shape to go after Kessel either, essentially anyone in that Pacific can afford him. 

In summary Kessel will NOT end up in

Boston, Toronto, Chicago, Dallas, Calgary, Edmonton, Anaheim or any Pacific team.

Where Kessel MAY end up: 

Carolina has 16 million left in cap space but they do have six top-nine players to re-sign next season two of them Teuvo Teravainen and Sebastian Aho who will be getting a nice contract. Columbus has six million left in cap right now but Artemi Panarin may be leaving so that could be an option to add another scorer if Panarin leaves. The Devils have 14 million but have nine contracts to work out next season. The Islanders have 10 million and four to five must sign back players next season, Flyers have 8.5 million with two must sign back players if the Flyers let go of Simmonds it really opens up space. Colorado has 12 million but Mikko Rantanen to re-sign and four other players to re-sign, Wild have 2.45 million left in cap, a good amount of projected prospects and draft picks to shed along with current roster players to shed.

The final verdict: 

Kessel goes no where because if the Penguins trade Kessel and expect any young player and or any other player to play and produce the way Kessel has is slim. Kessel is grossly under valued on the Penguins roster but he is always consistent and has been a 0.92 point per game player and coming off a 92 point year. I am sorry but if the Penguins actually think they are going to go out on the market and get someone to do the same or more then Kessel than they would be making a huge mistake. I think this whole Kessel trade rumor junk is for Jim Rutherford and Mike Sullivan to scare the Penguins players and show them no one is safe.