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The Rangers forced a 7th and deciding game of the Eastern Conference Final by defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-3 on Tuesday night, and the Rangers' wild and wacky win included a hat trick from Derick Brassard:
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Last season, he chipped in 12 points, including two game-winners during the Rangers’ run to the Stanley Cup finals. This season, the Rangers took a 2-1 series lead Monday night and are preparing for Game 4 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinals with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Already, with the Rangers again picked by many to make a long playoff run, Brassard leads the way with two goals in three games.
It's not just his offense that makes the nifty center with the quick release so impressive. In fact, coach Alain Vigneault starts answering the question about Brassard's evolution as a complete player before it is fully asked.
“He’s become a very dependable two-way hockey player,” Vigneault said Tuesday. "His knowledge of the game has really improved, his confidence. He’s going up against all the top lines in the league, and he’s doing a real good job for us and we need that. We needed that evolution, and we got it from him.
"I would say it’s probably a process of a normal young player that’s got a lot of upside offensively but needs to learn to become an effective NHL player, and that’s what Brass has done."
via Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
“You go shoulder-to-shoulder, but he brings his leg in the back and I felt I had a slew-foot there,” Brassard said. “I don’t want to [look for] any excuses, and I don’t want to be a crybaby or anything, but it could have been dangerous with the way I went down, caught my leg and hit my knee on the ice. I could have been injured for the rest of the season.
“Marchand is a good player, he’s feisty and competes hard,” No. 16 said. “But those kinds of things we don’t need in our game.”
No penalty on the play...
The arbitration meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 28th.
All about the curious case of Jimmy Hayes (and Mats Zuccarello and Derick Brassard contract updates)
This is something of a "choose-your-own adventure" entry. CBS Sports' Chris Peters and SI's Allan Muir tell the story of a Chicago Blachkawks prospect who might get away, someone who deliberately skipped the Hawks' summer development camp, and you can indulge yourself in the New York Post's Larry Brooks' reporting (which served as inspiration for said "adventure") at your leisure.
Muir explains that Blackhawks 2010 draft pick Kevin Hayes, a 6'4" Hobey Baker Award finalist, happens to be property of the Blackhawks until August 16th, when the 65-point-scorer (that's pretty dang great for NCAA Division I hockey) becomes a free agent per, "Player is your property until four months after he graduates" CBA rules, after which time he can signa 2-year entry-level deal with any team...
That was most certainly intriguing. For the second consecutive game, the Los Angeles Kings surrendered a 2-0 lead; for the second consecutive game, the Kings forced overtime, overcoming both the Rangers' relentless attack and their own defensive mistakes (Willie Mitchell and Matt Greene did not have the best nights in their own end); and for the second consecutive game, the Los Angeles Kings persevered and prevailed, with Dustin Brown tipping Willie Mitchell's shot past Henrik Lundqvist 10:26 into the second OT period.
Los Angeles prevails 5-4, and now the series gets interesting: both teams will have to try to get their players to bed sooner than later as 9 AM Pacific Daylight Time flights are on the Sunday docket, and the teams will play three games in five nights, so we may see the kind of mental fatigue that played into tonight's score leak its way into regulation time action.
Justin Williams had 3 assists, Willie Mitchell had a goal and an assist, and Jonathan Quick stopped 34 shots for LA; Derik Brassard, Mats Zuccarello and Ryan McDonagh had 1-goal-and-1-assist games for the Rangers, Rick Nash had 8 shots, and Henrik Lundqvist (who may or may not have issued a Dustin Brown-style dive at one point--quite a bit of diving in this series!) stopped 39 for New York.
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The New York Post's Larry Brooks is on an aggravated roll this morning. His Sunday notebook questions whether Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien should be fined or suspended for suggesting that his Canadiens will target New York Rangers forward Derick Brassard...
What exactly did Therrien mean, and what message was the coach attempting to send to his players, or anyone else, by stating: “We expect Derick Brassard to play and we know exactly where he’s injured. Hockey is a small world…”?
It was an outrageously irresponsible statement from an adult in a position of responsibility — at worst a threat, a threat to re-injure. If anything happens to Brassard now, what else would anyone think?
He believes that the Pittsburgh Penguins owners' comments regarding Ray Shero's body of work as Pittsburgh's GM suggest that the ownership wants more input on player personnel decisions...
Below, watch the hit Mike Weaver put on Derrick Brassard which forced Brassard to miss most of the game...
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
- Derick Brassard, a Gatineau native, picked up by the Rangers last year in a big deal with Columbus suited up for his 400th career game Saturday. Brassard, 26, who spends his off-season in Ottawa, has made his presence felt by the Rangers. Heading into the visit by the Senators, New York had a 23-8-1 record this season when he registers a point. With a cap hit of $3.2 million, Brassard will be an RFA on July 1.
- An interesting negotiation to watch in the off-season will be LW Milan Michalek. He has a cap hit of $6 million and has picked up his scoring pace dramatically down the stretch. The Senators have no issue with the way Michalek works and anybody will tell you he's highly-regarded by his teammates. The club will most certainly try to sign the UFA.
via Nick Kypreos tweets,
#NHL news Statement of Allan Walsh (player agent) concerning #Bluejackets forward Derick Brassard (healthy scratch 7 of the last 10 games):
“While I have tremendous respect for Howson and rest of Columbus’ management team, the situation regarding Brassard has become untenable”
“This coach has a history of burying players and using them as scapegoats to mask his own lack of success on the ice”.
“Derick has been singled out, almost from the very beginning of the season to be the fall guy in case things don’t go well”
More on this from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers…
COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed center Derick Brassard on injured reserve, Blue Jackets Executive Vice President and General Manager Scott Howson announced today. Brassard was injured in the first period of last night’s game vs. the Los Angeles Kings and is expected to be sidelined at least two to three weeks.
Brassard, 23, has tallied 14 goals and 25 assists for 39 points with 47 penalty minutes in 57 games this season, setting career highs in goals and points. He is tied for the club lead with five power play goals, ranks second (tied) in assists and game-winning goals (three) and third in goals and points. Columbus’ first pick, sixth overall, in the 2006 Entry Draft has registered 34-68-102 and 118 penalty minutes in 184 career NHL games.
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,
Blue Jackets center Derick Brassard said he did not sleep well last night, and he woke early this morning. The torment was caused by an interview Brassard gave to Montreal radio station CKAC on Monday evening.
Brassard apologized profusely this morning. He could have chosen his words more carefully, Brassard agreed. But he also said the radio station misconstrued his words and inaccurately portrayed his comments when they posted them on their Web page.
“It’s not something I said that I would take back, but it’s something I would do with other words,” Brassard said. “I didn’t express myself well, and the Montreal media ... they tried to get a headline of me.”...
But here is Brassard’s take, first to the issue that the Blue Jackets should be lumped in with the Atlantas, Floridas and Phoenixes of the world as potential clubs that could relocate to Quebec.
“They ask me a question of the fans and the low attendance in the stands,” Brassard said, “and my answer was ‘Right now we’re not playing well at home, so there’s pretty much no atmosphere. The fans are mad about last year, and we need a better record if they’re going to be behind us.”
The other question was the nuclear bomb, one which Brassard didn’t quite defuse.
“The other question was ‘Are the owners behind your team?’
It’s time, once again, to raise a glass and offer a toast (figuratively, of course – or not) to the NHL’s stars from a night ago:
***Cheers to Mathieu Garon of the Columbus Blue Jackets, who warded off a Philadelphia Flyers comeback attempt to the tune of 28 saves after goals from rookie Kyle Wilson (his first in the NHL) and Derick Brassard established an early 2-0 lead for the home squad. At 5-3-0, the Blue Jackets are still buried beneath Nashville, Detroit, Chicago and St. Louis in the Western Conference’s Central Division standings, making last night’s key performances from their backup goaltender and a couple of young stars that much more important.
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from Tom Reed of Puck-rakers,
Between the second and third periods of the Feb. 14 game against Chicago, Brassard was working to repair his stick on a table inside the locker room. It’s a quite common occurrence. Players will use torches and hot glues, sometimes donning surgical masks so not to inhale the chemicals.
Brassard had removed the stick’s glue-covered nob and placed it on the table. When the table was accidentally bumped, the knob fell. Brassard reached for it out of instinct.Yowza
Rumor fools are speculating Derick Brassard may be involved in some trade talks. Nope. via Tom Reed of Puck-rakers,
The Blue Jackets have scratched defenseman Milan Jurcina (undisclosed injury) and center Derick Brassard. Brassard took pre-game warm-up.
The club is saying it’s an upper body injury. I have been assured by a source within the organization that Brassard is not part of any trade package. The person said it’s the same injury he suffered in the Feb. 14 game against Chicago.
via Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,
Blue Jackets center Derick Brassard has signed a four-year contract extension, The Dispatch has learned. The club will likely announce the extension later this morning.
Brassard has one year left on his current contract, so the extension will carry him through the 2013-14 season. He’s expected to anchor the No. 1 line this season, with Kristian Huselius on his left and captain Rick Nash on his right.
added 9:49am, Portzline has now added numbers…
The contract has an annual salary cap hit of $3.2 million. Brassard will make $2.8 million in 2010-11, $3.0 million 2011-12, $3.3 million 2012-13 and $3.7 million in 2013-14, the final year of the contract.
from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,
Brassard is winning 51.3 percent of his faceoffs, compared to 42.5 in 17 games last season. Hitchcock attributes Brassard’s success as one of this season’s top rookies to the fact he took the correct path to the NHL.
Brassard, 21, played four seasons of junior hockey. He spent most of last season in the AHL. This season, the coaching staff is putting him in position to succeed in the NHL.
When you look at which rookies are struggling this season and which are playing well, there’s a common theme. Rookies like Brassard, the Chicago Blackhawks’ Kris Versteeg and the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Mikhail Grabovski (the top rookie scorers) all spent considerable time in the AHL honing their skills.
It’s not only on the ice, it’s stuff like managing money, managing free time and playing professional hockey without the pressure that comes from being a highly hyped young NHL player.
from the Columbus Dispatch,
The Blue Jackets hoped it wouldn’t come to this; not so soon, anyway.
But tonight, when the Blue Jackets play the Dallas Stars in American Airlines Center, rookie center Derick Brassard will join the No. 1 line with wingers Rick Nash and Fredrik Modin….
Hitchcock, perhaps more than anybody else in the organization, is reluctant to put Brassard too high in the lineup.
It’s not so much the opposing centers Brassard will face—tonight, for instance, he will get to know Stars center Mike Modano—but the big, burly defensemen, who dine on young, smallish, inexperienced players such as Brassard.