The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired forward Derick Brassard in a three-team trade with the Ottawa Senators and Vegas Golden Knights, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
The Penguins also received a 2018 third-round draft pick and prospect forward Vincent Dunn from the Senators; and the Pens also received prospect forward Tobias Lindberg from the Golden Knights.
Pittsburgh traded defenseman Ian Cole, goalie Filip Gustavsson, a 2018 first-round draft pick and a 2019 third-round selection to the Senators.
Pittsburgh sent forward Ryan Reaves and a 2018 fourth-round draft pick previously acquired from Vancouver to the Golden Knights. Pittsburgh also received prospect forward Tobias Lindberg from Vegas. The Golden Knights are retaining 40% of Brassard's contract over the next two seasons.
Brassard is signed through the 2018-19 season, and he carries an average annual value of $5 million.
Brassard, 30, was Ottawa's fifth-leading scorer this year with 38 points (18G-20A) in 58 games. He is looking to reach 40-plus points for the sixth time in 10 seasons, and exceed 20 goals for the second time. In his last nine games as a Senator before the trade, Brassard had six goals, four assists and 10 points.
Brassard has averaged 19 goals and 48 points over the past five seasons (including this one factored in). Three years ago he had a career-best 27 goals with the New York Rangers.
A 6-foot-1, 202-pound native of Hull, Quebec, Brassard has 55 points (22G-33A) in 78 career postseason contests. He has scored 19 of his 22 playoff goals at even strength. Brassard has double-digit points in four of his five playoff seasons.
Brassard has faced off against the Penguins in each of the last four playoff years, scoring nine goals and 15 points in 24 postseason games against the Penguins.
Brassard was originally a first-round (6th overall) draft pick by the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2006. He has 420 career points (159G-261A) in 702 career regular-season games with Ottawa, the NY Rangers and Columbus.
Brassard has always fared well in Pittsburgh. In 24 career games at PPG Paints Arena, he has seven goals and 17 points (regular season and playoffs).
Lindberg, 22, has eight goals, 10 assists, 18 points and a plus-8 in 48 AHL games with the Chicago Wolves this year. Originally drafted by the Senators in the fourth round (102nd overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft, Lindberg has 25 goals, 43 assists and 68 points with a plus-26 in 148 career AHL contests with Chicago, Binghamton and Toronto. Lindberg stands 6-foot-3, 215 pounds and is a native of Stockholm, Sweden.
Dunn, 22, has split his third professional season between Belleville of the AHL and Brampton of the ECHL. The 6-foot, 190-pound Dunn was chosen by the Senators in the fifth round (138th overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft.