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


  Brassard Headed to Pittsburgh in 3-team trade Trade Analysis 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 backRead More »

Trade Talks Heating Up: Senators pushing to complete trade of Brassard by Saturday


The Pittsburgh Penguins were in on rental winger Michael Grabner but Pittsburgh’s pursuit of Grabner was nowhere near the level of Senators center Derick Brassard. Grabner was traded last night to the New Jersey Devils for a second round pick and prospect Yegor Rykov. The initial reaction from many pundits was ‘who’ when it came to Rykov. However, despite being a 5th round pick, Rykov is seen as a good return for the Rangers, a d-man scouts feel has No. 2 pairing ability and his style of play suits today’s game. No significant prospect was in play from the Penguins end. Daniel Sprong for example is in play at the deadline but wasn’t for Grabner. When it comes to Derick Brassard, a lot continues to be on the table from the Penguins. The Penguins and Senators initially talked Brassard in December and the last 2-3 weeks the Penguins have zeroedRead More »

Pirates boost lineup in trading for All-Star OF Corey Dickerson


The Pittsburgh Pirates have deserved every bit of criticism they’ve gotten this winter. Today, though, the team actually took a step in improving their roster for 2018, acquiring outfielder Corey Dickerson from the Tampa Bay Rays. Dickerson immediately becomes the Pirates starting left fielder, forming a potentially very good outfield if Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco play up to their ability. Dickerson will make $5.95 million this season and is arbitration eligible next season. He is under team control for two years. What’s interesting with Dickerson is he went from being the American League’s starting designated hitter in last summer’s All-Star Game to being DFA’d a few days ago. Dickerson has hit 24 home runs or more in three of his last four seasons. In 2016, Dickerson hit just .245 but belted 24 homers with 76 RBIs. In 2014 and 2015 with the Rockies, Dickerson was a .300 hitter inRead More »

Trade Deadline Buzz: Penguins Center Watch on 4th Line type options still on their radar


Trade Deadline Watch: 4th Line Type Centers *Story Highlights* *Where the Hurricanes are trending with Derek Ryan *Latest on Matt Cullen *Mark Letestu still a fallback option? *Max Domi’s Availability + Mario Lemieux close friendship with Tie Domi –As the Penguins have zeroed in on acquiring Derick Brassard, here’s the latest chatter on fallback options were the Penguins to strike out on Brassard — Carolina Hurricanes: 64 Points, one point out of second wildcard spot: Games Remaining before Deadline: vs Pittsburgh (2/23), @ Boston (2/24) Trending: 0-2-1 in last Three Games, 3-4-2 overall their last nine games Latest: Hurricanes GM Ron Francis has pressure from the Hurricanes new ownership group to keep the roster competitive if they remain in the mix for a playoff spot at the deadline.  Francis has been tabbed as being a smart buyer at the deadline. Relating to the Penguins, the player to watch has beenRead More »

Trade Deadline Buzz: Senators covet young established NHL forward, futures in talks with Pens, others


Will Riley Sheahan still be the Penguins third line center by next Tuesday? As mentioned here multiple times in recent weeks, Sheahan’s uptick in play over the last month won’t halt the Penguins pursuit of Derick Brassard. And it hasn’t. A week away from the trade deadline, Brassard remains the top target for the Penguins brass and a player the organization views as a game changer at the third line center spot. Brassard is an interesting target this week. Sens need to make a hockey deal. Multiple teams, including Pittsburgh, are in the mix. — Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) February 19, 2018 The belief is the obstacle in talks for the Penguins and Senators coming together on a deal that works for both sides isn’t any reluctance from Pittsburgh including Daniel Sprong or a first rounder for Brassard. That has already been established, per sources. It’s the coveted established young NHLRead More »