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Jim Rutherford has gone public again in comments about Derick Brassard in stating the obvious that Brassard is underperforming. Rutherford often speaks off the cuff but he’s also calculated in trying to get messages out. However, it’s reached the point where how does it do Brassard or the team any good at this point to go public that he’s performing well below expectations? Enough messages through the media and to the player have already been sent.

The Penguins always planned to get through December before deciding which direction they wanted to go with Brassard and the decision’s been made over the last week or so to aggressively engage in trade scenario’s.

Pittsburgh is evaluating situations to move Brassard for a draft pick to open up salary cap space that would be connected to a separate move, and are kicking around a forward for forward type swap, and they’re not married to getting a center back in return.

All options are being put on the table.

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League Buzz: Brassard’s expiring contract carries value for deals involving high-priced 3rd line centers with term

If Jim Rutherford was in the mood to gamble, something you can never rule out, and add a high-priced third line center with term, Brassard is attractive on the market, league sources contend.

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2. Another trade spot Brassard could be attractive to a team looking to dump a high salary third line center?

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