NHL trade news: Penguins send Derick Brassard to Panthers in 4-player deal

first_imgBrassard has nine goals and six assists in 40 appearances this season, and 171 goals over the course of his 12-year career with the Blue Jackets, Rangers, Senators and Penguins. Pittsburgh acquired him from Ottawa last season. The Penguins get a pair of younger third-line options back in the deal in Bjugstad (26) and McCann (22). Bjugstad has five goals and seven assists in 32 games, missing time in December with an injury, while McCann has eight goals and 10 assists in 46 games. Sheahan, 27, has nine points (seven goals) in 49 games. Rumors have swirled that the Penguins might be looking to unload Derick Brassard, and they found a taker in Florida. Pittsburgh on Friday announced it has traded the center to the Panthers along with Riley Sheahan and three draft picks for Nick Bjugstad and Jared McCann.  TRADE ALERT: The Penguins have acquired forwards Nick Bjugstad and Jared McCann from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Derick Brassard and Riley Sheahan and three draft picks.Full details: https://t.co/vghkgwWELO pic.twitter.com/1G8ariKXss— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) February 1, 2019Brassard, 31, did not play Wednesday against the Lightning due to what the team called an upper-body injury. General manager Jim Rutherford discussed Brassard on a radio show that night. “He hasn’t played as well as we expected and he’s capable, but at the same time, he doesn’t get much power-play time. He’s on the third line playing with different guys at different times,” Rutherford said, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “He does have nine goals. He’s on pace for 15, 16 goals. That’s not all bad for a third-line center. Anytime he can score and get a little more confidence, you would think his game would get going a little bit more.”last_img

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