Derick Brassard: Whirlwind trade to Pittsburgh complete

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Pittsburgh ends up with Brassard, a 2018 third-round pick from Ottawa, and a pair of minor-league prospects in Tobias Lindberg and Vincent Dunn.

The team acquired centre Derick Brassard from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for a 2018 first-round pick, defenceman Ian Cole and goalie prospect Filip Gustavsson on Friday, according to multiple reports. It also traded forward Ryan Reaves and the Vancouver Canucks' 2018 fourth-round draft pick to Vegas. He has two years left on his contract, with a salary cap hit of $5 million per year. With the addition of Brassard, who will have 40 percent of his salary picked up by the Vegas Golden Knights, Pittsburgh now boasts the most potent triple threat down the middle in the National Hockey League, with the 30-year-old joining Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin on the Metro-leading Pens.

At this moment, the Senators are without second and third round picks in the upcoming draft.

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Cole, 29, has recorded three goals and 13 points with 52 penalty minutes in 47 games with the Penguins this season. "It's part of the business and we've all been there before", said Brassard, who had a goal and an assist against the Lightning. He has 159 goals and 261 assists in 702 regular-season games in 11 seasons with Columbus, the New York Rangers and the Senators. Brassard figures to slide in as the third-line center behind Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. "Our centers have played pretty well, but you've got to have a lot of strength at center and we just felt we had a chance to get a guy like this, this was a good addition". He has been in Pittsburgh for four seasons and played a significant role in the club's last two Stanley Cup title wins. He has four goals and four assists for eight points in 58 games this season.

It's not a major move, but the Golden Knights have made their first in-season trade in franchise history. With only fellow Swede Marcus Hogberg in line to challenge Craig Anderson and Mike Condon, the 19-year old adds a solid pedigree.

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