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Derick Brassard Is Officially A Member Of The Pittsburgh Penguins

from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired forward Derick Brassard in a three-team trade with the Ottawa Senators and Vegas Golden Knights, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

The Penguins also received a 2018 third-round draft pick and prospect forward Vincent Dunn from the Senators; and the Pens also received prospect forward Tobias Lindberg from the Golden Knights.

Pittsburgh traded defenseman Ian Cole, goalie Filip Gustavsson, a 2018 first-round draft pick and a 2019 third-round selection to the Senators.

The Penguins sent forward Ryan Reaves and a 2018 fourth-round draft pick originally acquired from Vancouver to the Golden Knights. Vegas is also retaining 40% of Brassard's salary this season.

Brassard is signed through the 2018-19 season, and he carries an average annual value of $5 million.


Ottawa release is below...

OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators (@Senators) announced today that the club has acquired goaltending prospect Filip Gustavsson, defenceman Ian Cole, a 2018 first-round draft pick and a 2019 third-round draft choice from the Pittsburgh Penguins as part of a three-team trade with the Vegas Golden Knights. As part of the deal, centre Derick Brassard, forward Vincent Dunn and Ottawa's third-round selection in the 2018 will go to the Penguins.

Gustavsson, 19, was the Penguins second-round pick (55th overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft. The 6-2, 184-pound native of Skelleftea, Sweden, currently plays for Lulea in the Swedish Hockey League, where he has posted an 8-9-0 record with a 2.16 goals-against-average and .917 save percentage in 18 games. Gustavsson was Sweden's starting goaltender in the 2018 World Junior Championship in Buffalo, N.Y., and was named the tournament's top goaltender after posting a 1.81 goals-against-average and .924 save percentage in six games.

Cole, 29, has recorded 13 points (three goals and 10 assists) and 52 penalty minutes in 47 games with the Penguins this season. The 6-1, 219-pound native of Ann Arbor, Mich. has registered 90 points (18 goals and 72 assists) in 385 career games with the St. Louis Blues and Penguins.

Brassard, 30, has scored 18 goals and added 20 assists for 38 points in 58 games for the Senators this season. In 139 career games over two seasons with Ottawa, he scored 32 goals and added 45 assists.

The Senators now have a possible seven picks in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft (two first round choices - one top-10 protected - along with one fourth, one fifth, one sixth and two sevenths). The Senators can exercise their right to keep a potential top 10 pick this year as part of the Matt Duchene trade earlier this season.

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VEGAS (February 23, 2018) – Vegas Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee announced today, February 23, that the team acquired forward Ryan Reaves from the Pittsburgh Penguins and a fourth round draft pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft (belonging to Vancouver).

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 02/23/18 at 10:33 PM ET


I’m not trying to be negative, but when you look at this trade and think about what we Red Wings fans have been told by our GM about trades, and how they’re hard this is just beyond annoying and depressing.

Posted by RussianRocket10 on 02/23/18 at 11:11 PM ET

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Rumor is that VGK made the move to keep Western Conf teams from acquiring Brassard.


Posted by HaHasek on 02/23/18 at 11:38 PM ET

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Have you look at that trade ?

Tell me…do you think KH could have done such a trade ? I’m talking about George McPhee and the way he squeezed into that one, basically retaining salary while gaining a pick and a player.

That is what i call a good trade for Vegas too.

This is Something KH cannot do. Very little damage for Vegas…all profit !Even though i believe Rutherford was the mastermind behind the idea to try to “find” some cap relief elsewhere

....brilliant, simply brilliant.

Posted by PierreC from Montreal, Canada on 02/24/18 at 01:56 AM ET


Was going to say the league can push to ban this the next time they force a lockout.

What rule is it violating?


The value of cap space as an asset has seemingly still not filtered
into the consciousness of our brain trust.

I’m half of the mind that we’re missing a great opportunity to move veteran
salaries for picks and real prospects - and half-convinced Holland will get
burned in trying to move guys other than Green’s expiring contract
(and why are we so often reminded in the media to lower our expectations
about his return?)

Posted by Lefty30 on 02/24/18 at 02:52 AM ET


This is a pretty good argument as to why a rebuilding team should never be against the salary cap. A team shouldn’t spend just because they can. Having that extra cap space can be a lot more valuable than acquiring an aging vet who isn’t really going to transform your team.

Posted by evileye on 02/26/18 at 11:11 AM ET

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