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Reports: Columbus and Others Interested in Brassard



PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 04: Pittsburgh Penguins Defenseman Olli Maatta (3) celebrates his goal with Pittsburgh Penguins Center Derick Brassard (19) during the first period in the NHL game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Winnipeg Jets on January 4, 2019, at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

Just hours after Pittsburgh Hockey Now broke the dam with a report the Dallas Stars are showing interest in Pittsburgh Penguins center Derick Brassard, others followed, and the NHL trade rumors began flying.

Speaking during intermission on NBCsport, TSN reporter Darren Dreger dropped more information about the overall market for Derick Brassard. Wednesday, Pittsburgh Hockey Now was the first to report the Dallas Stars are interested and have been in contact with the Penguins, but Dreger went bigger.

“I think it’s strong because teams, contending teams, are always looking for depth up the middle of the ice,” Dreger said. “He can play in the No. 2 hole as a No. 2 center. He can play as a No. 3 center where he has been for the most part with the Pittsburgh Penguins.”

“It’s weird why it hasn’t worked out or why he hasn’t been a fit in Pittsburgh but there’s going to be a decent return. I believe the Penguins are going to need a center back, someone who can confidently play in the third spot.”

Buyer beware if teams acquire Brassard to play as a third line center. Though Dreger does hint the Penguins will seek a center rather than insert Riley Sheahan into the spot.

On the heels of Dreger’s comments on national TV came this late night, mini-bombshell from long-time Columbus beat writer, Aaron Portzline.

Yes, it would be a tricky business. One could forgive Penguins GM Jim Rutherford for asking for double the price from Columbus to avoid helping a likely playoff opponent. Brassard will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. His cap hit is $3 million as Vegas is picking up $2 million this season as part of the three-team-deal in which the Penguins sent Ryan Reaves to Vegas for the salary cap relief to acquire Brassard from Ottawa.

The Brassard situation is heating up, quickly.

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PensPatty (@penspatty)
2 years ago

My God ….don’t trade him to the Jackets…

Thomas McCarthy
Thomas McCarthy (@tmccarthy)
2 years ago

Although Brassard might be a good fit for Columbus, if they were willing to part with Anderson or Jenner; then it is a no brainer.

2 years ago

Maybe they should just wait for Schultz to come back and package Brassard with Maatta to get something of high value. Not sure who would be a good trading partner, but that would free $7 million from the cap so they could afford an impact player.

Zach Smith
Zach Smith
2 years ago

True, but we need a team with 7 million to spare. Fortunately, Winnipeg is looking for 2 things we have. A 2nd line center (Derick Brassard) & a left handed defenseman (we have 6).

2 years ago

I like JR’s sentiments. Might as well pair Brassard with 1 of the high-priced D-man. Schultz is like a trade getting him back off injury. Brassard just hasn’t been productive as the Penguins have hoped. I could see Brassard going to Winnipeg. They could use another Center. Dallas and CBJ could also be a destination for Brassard. Brassard and Maatta would be a good package for what the Penguins need. Another scoring winger could be what Pens looking for. Jarry also good trade bait as DeSmith and Murray a solid 1-2 punch in goal.

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