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New York Rangers trade Derick Brassard to the Ottawa Senators for Mika Zibanejad
Brassard, 28, had 58 points in 80 games with the New York Rangers last season; and added another four points in five games in the playoffs. Originally acquired in the deal that sent Marian Gaborik to the Columbus Blue Jackets, Brassard has been a solid centreman for the Rangers and a productive playoff performer. His best performance was in 2014-15 with 60 points in the regular season. He also led the Rangers in playoff scoring that season with 16 points in 19 games. Derick Brassard has three more years on his contract with a $5 million annual cap hit.
Zibanejad, 23, is a centre as well but with a right handed shot. Drafted sixth overall by the Ottawa Senators in 2011, Zibanejad put up 51 points in 81 games for the Sens in 2015-16. The 6’2″, 222 pound Swede has back to back 20 goal campaigns under his belt. Zibanejad is scheduled to become a restricted free agent next summer and will cost the Rangers $3.25 million on the cap, saving them $1.75 million in cap space.
According to Renaud Lavoie, the Rangers and Senators have been talking about this trade for a few weeks now but had to wait for Derick Brassard’s $2 million bonus to kick in first on July 15 and the New York Rangers to pay it.
OTTAWA, ON – JANUARY 24: Mark Stone #61 of the Ottawa Senators comes away with the puck after checking Derick Brassard #16 of the New York Rangers during an NHL game at Canadian Tire Centre on January 24, 2016 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)