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Insider Only Trade Analysis: Penguins finalize complex deal for No. 1 target Derick Brassard

 

Brassard Headed to Pittsburgh in 3-team trade

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The Penguins accomplish their primary goal in acquiring Brassard, a player in the last month they’ve pegged as their No. 1 target. As well as Riley Sheahan has been playing lately, the Penguins get a game changer in Brassard when it comes to putting him into a third line role, where he’ll play a lot with Phil Kessel and Jake Guentzel, a line that would be some teams No. 1 line.

Brassard, 30, has 18 goals and 20 assists on the season. A big time playoff performer, Brassard has 22 goals and 55 points in 78 career playoff games.

The trickle down effect with the lineup is that Brassard in a third line center role next to Kessel is going to provide significant matchup problems for the rest of the Eastern Conference.

That is what the Penguins kept coming back to when they decided to go all-in for Brassard and what also drove the Penguins to Brassard is that he’s also not a rental, with one year left on his contract.

Thanks to Vegas the Penguins also get Derick Brassard for a cap hit of $3 million per season. That is huge for next season.


— The deal was so complex and initially rejected (2 times) because the teams were trying to do four transactions which basically happened as Brassard was technically traded from Vegas to Pittsburgh as the Golden Knights will retain 40% of Brassard’s salary for this season.

Vegas also includes 22 year old AHLer Tobias Lindberg who was a 4th round pick in 2013. He can play a little, has 8 goals and 10 assists in 48 games for the Chicago Wolves. In 148 career AHL games, Lindberg has 68 points and a +2 rating. Lindberg is 6-foot-3, 225lbs and whose game is being a net-front presence and winning battles below the dots.

Dunn, 22, was a 5th round pick in 2013 and is a career minor leaguer, splitting time in the AHL and ECHL.

From the Vegas end, it’s not clear what benefit they get here in the deal other than George McPhee helping the Penguins out again as he took it easy on Pittsburgh during the expansion draft where he could have played hardball by selecting an exposed player than working out a separate trade for Marc Andre Fleury.

Here they help Pittsburgh, a team they could actually face in the Stanley Cup Final (as crazy as it sounds) by taking Ryan Reaves and retaining 40% of Brassard’s salary this season.


— Ottawa accomplished two primary goals in the trade.

Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access" once Cole wanted out in late November, I don’t think Mike Sullivan really wanted him here, sources close to the situation have said.

Cole has been okay since returning to the lineup but I think there was a bit of media feel good story going around where his level of play was being overrated a bit.

All you had to do was see Mike Sullivan’s reaction Sunday on Cole’s third period turnover that led to a Blue Jackets goal as to why his spot on the roster/or lineup was still tenuous. He wanted to rip Cole’s head off in a game the Penguins were cruising.

Pittsburgh couldn’t get a second rounder for Cole Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"

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William DePaoli

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William DePaoli is the President/Founder of Inside Pittsburgh Sports LLC and can be reached at wdepaoli@insidepittsburghsports.com

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