The New York Rangers traded forward Derick Brassard and a seventh-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft to the Ottawa Senators for forward Mika Zibanejad and a second-round pick in the 2018 draft Monday.
Brassard, 28, led the Rangers last season with 27 goals, the most he's scored in an NHL season, and eight power-play goals, and was second with 58 points. He also had four points in five Stanley Cup Playoff games.
Since joining the Rangers in a trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets on April 3, 2013, Brassard's 69 goals are second on the Rangers to Rick Nash's 91, and his 174 points are third behind Derek Stepan (182) and Mats Zuccarello (176). His 254 games are the most on the Rangers in that span.
Video: Rosen breaks down the Brassard for Zibanejad trade
Taken by the Blue Jackets with the sixth pick of the 2006 NHL Draft, Brassard has 127 goals and 343 points in 563 games with the Blue Jackets and Rangers. He also has 18 goals and 44 points in 59 playoff games.
He has three seasons remaining on his contract, with an average annual value of $5 million, according to General Fanager.
Senators defenseman Marc Methot posted his excitement about the trade on his Twitter account. Methot and Brassard where teammates for five seasons with the Blue Jackets.
Zuccarello posted a picture of himself and Brassardto his Instagram account, with the hashtag #werethetwobestfriendsthatanyonecouldhave
Zibanejad, 23, had NHL career bests with 21 goals, 30 assists and 51 points last season. He also won 50.4-percent of his faceoffs. Zibanejad, who turned 23 a week after the 2015-16 regular season ended, and Calgary Flames center Sean Monahan were the only players 22 and younger last season to score 20 goals and win at least 50.0 percent of their faceoffs (minimum 1,000 faceoffs).
In five seasons, all with the Senators, Zibanejad has 64 goals and 151 points in 281 games. He was selected by the Senators with the sixth pick of the 2011 NHL Draft.