Friday, February 23, 2018

NHL trade review: Penguins acquire Brassard in three team deal



                  If you saw a post with a similar title, it has been taken down from this site. Nothing was wrong with the article, there was way more information to include. So, this is a whole new writing, no copy and paste, nothing. Okay, let's into the post.

                  In a three team deal, the Pittsburgh Penguins acquired center Derick Brassard, a 2018 3rd round pick and prospect Vincent Dunn from the Ottawa Senators, as well as prospect Tobias Lindberg from the Vegas Golden Knights. The Golden Knights acquired a 2018 4th from the Penguins, as well as forward Ryan Reaves. The Sens acquired a 2018 1st round pick, a 2019 third, prospect Filip Gustavsson and defenseman Ian Cole. Vegas is paying 40% of Brassard's contract.

                  For the Penguins, they get a third line center, something they've been missing since Nick Bonino left for Nashville this past offseason. But, Brassard can put up 20 goals, better than most 3rd line centers. They also get him for another year after this. They traded all the things Vegas and Ottawa got, but since a 3rd and two prospects were thrown in, it's worth it.

                  Brassard, 30, has scored 18 goals and 20 assists for 38 points in 58 games for the Sens this year. In his NHL career for the Sens, New York Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets, Brassard has scored 159 goals and 261 assists for 420 points in 702 games.

                  Dunn, 22, can be easily confused with Blues defenseman Vince Dunn (trust me, I got confused). He has scored four points, all assists in 17 games in the AHL this year.

                  Lindberg, also 22, hasn't played in the NHL this year, but in his career for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Lindberg has scored two points, both assists, in six games.

                  For the Knights, this really isn't their trade. They are just in it to resolve some cap issues. They get a fourth liner and a fourth rounder for a prospect stuck in a logjam for the second time in his career. Pittsburgh doesn't have as big of a jam.

                  Reaves, 31, has scored four goals and four assists for eight points in 58 games for the Pens this season. In his career for the Pens and St. Louis Blues, Reaves has scored 31 goals and 28 assists for 59 points in 477 games.

                  For the Sens, they are trying to trade expensive chips, and get good value out of them. They get really good value out of Brassard: a 1st, an experienced defenseman in Cole who could be flipped for another third, a really good prospect in Gustavsson, and another third, though they traded one and a low-leveled prospect for it.

                  Cole, 29, has scored three goals and 10 assists for 13 points in 47 games for the Penguins this season. In his NHL career, all for the Penguins and Blues, Cole has scored 18 goals and 72 assists for 90 points in 385 games.

                    Gustavsson, 19, has a 2.16 GAA and a SV% of .917 in 18 games in the Swedish league this year.

                     I think the the Sens and Penguins both win this trade, and the Knights lose because they are just adding cap for nothing, Ryan Reaves is just more cap added, and they gave up to do that. The Sens got really good rebuilding chips, and the Penguins got a really good player, plus some prospects.

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