The Colorado Avalanche have acquired forward Derick Brassard and a conditional sixth-round draft pick from the Florida Panthers for a third-round draft pick in 2020.
If Brassard signs with the Avalanche, that conditional sixth round pick is not granted.
The 31-year-old had scarcely unpacked his suitcase in Florida, having spent just 10 games with the Panthers after his stint in Pittsburgh. In those 10 games, Brassard recorded four points – including one goal and three assists.
This is clearly a depth trade for Joe Sakic and the Avalanche. The team has hit a slide as of late and secondary scoring is an issue. They’ve experimented with splitting up their top line of Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog, so it stands to reason that Brassard will give them more options down the depth chart.
The Panthers benched Brassard Saturday against the Los Angeles Kings and that pretty much sent the message that he was on the move.
For the Avalanche, Brassard’s playoff pedigree is the main thing here.
And when the post-season hits, Brassard comes to play. The Hull native has 59 points in 90 playoff games for the Rangers, Senators and Penguins. In 2014-2015, he picked up 16 points in 19 playoff games for New York.
The Panthers are set to play the Avalanche tonight in Denver in just a few hours. Brassard arrived with his old team and was told to head down the hall to join his new team, a situation reminiscent of what awaited Matt Duchene when Columbus rolled into Ottawa.
Brassard was drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. In 766 career games with the Jackets, Rangers, Senators, and Penguins, he has 172 goals and 275 assists.