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About The Zibanejad/Brassard Trade

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Derick Brassard, who took a step backward last year even while recording a personal-best 27 goals that led his team, is gone, off to Ottawa for Mika Zibanejad. It was a center-for-center swap in which the Blueshirts came away with the younger, faster, bigger and cheaper player, plus a 2018 second-rounder, to boot.

Cap space was cleared, $2.375 million of it with the newest Swede to join the team in at $2.625 million for the year while Brassard carries a $5 million hit. The Blueshirts now have a fair amount of maneuverability both immediately and into the season. But the added space is more a byproduct of the deal than the motivating force behind it.

The Rangers wanted — if not needed — a different kind of center behind Derek Stepan and they got it in Zibanejad, who is stronger without the puck and in his own end and projects to be feistier and tougher than the gifted, finesse-oriented Brassard.

They acquired a center who they believe will be a better match against bigger, physical pivots and thus alleviate some of the burden on Stepan, whom coach Alain Vigneault had come to rely on almost exclusively — and ultimately to No. 21’s detriment — the last two years in power-against-power matchups.

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from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,

The bold move by Senators general manager Pierre Dorion on Monday — shipping Mika Zibanejad to the New York Rangers for Derick Brassard — is a clear sign of the importance the organization is putting on experience up front.

Brassard is 28, with 563 regular-season and 59 playoff games behind him. Two weeks ago, the Senators brought back Chris Kelly, who has played in 751 regular-season and 90 playoff games. Kelly also won the Stanley Cup with Boston.

It is also in keeping with what Dorion said when he took over from former GM Bryan Murray at the end of the 2014-15 season.

One of the values of experience is to help with shaky nerves early in games.

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The Sens got fleeced by the Rangers.

Posted by Wise1 on 07/19/16 at 09:51 AM ET

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I’m apparently the minority.  Everyone thinks either NYR or OTT clearly won.

I simply see two teams trading two guys that have underperformed, and no real winners at the moment.

Posted by Primis on 07/19/16 at 03:56 PM ET

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I’m apparently the minority.  Everyone thinks either NYR or OTT clearly won.

I simply see two teams trading two guys that have underperformed, and no real winners at the moment.

Posted by Primis on 07/19/16 at 03:56 PM ET

Seemed odd to me at first but I’ve come around to that standpoint. Don’t know if they’ve really under-performed or not, though Ziba seems a bit streaky I guess. But I think Ottawa can potentially benefit from this trade if Brassard centers a line with Ryan and somehow helps get his game back to where it should be. NY obviously benefits if Ziba continues to develop and adds 10 plus points this year, and they do well with that 2nd rounder.

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 07/19/16 at 05:00 PM ET

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