The Colorado Avalanche have acquired forward Derick Brassard and a 2020 sixth round pick from the Florida Panthers in exchange for a 2020 3rd round pick.
I like this trade for Colorado. Brassard is a player with a good history, but has been having a rough season. His past says that a third round pick is a light return, especially since the Avs get a sixth back as well. Brassard will improve their depth.
Brassard, 31, has scored 10 goals with nine assists for 19 points in 50 games for the Panthers and Pittsburgh Penguins this season. The best year of his career came in 2015-16, when he scored 27 goals with 31 assists for 58 points in 80 games. In his NHL career for the Panthers, Penguins, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators and Columbus Blue Jackets, Brassard has scored 172 goals with 275 assists for 447 points in 766 games.
For the Panthers, Brassard was recently acquired in a trade with the Penguins to shed salary, and since he is an upcoming UFA, it made sense to trade him. The one thing is that they didn't get much for him, but at least it's better than nothing.