Report: Penguins trade for Senators' Derick Brassard, address biggest weakness


After the USA’s historic win in women’s hockey, the two countries face off again in Pyeongchang – this time on the streets.

General manager Jim Rutherford has determined that the Pittsburgh Penguins’ window for another Stanley Cup won’t end at two in a row. 

The Penguins have acquired center Derick Brassard from the Ottawa Senators for a first-round pick, defenseman Ian Cole and goalie prospect Filip Gustavsson, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger, strengthening their only major weakness days before the 3 p.m. ET Feb. 26 trade deadline. 

Nick Bonino had occupied the Penguins’ third-line center position during the past two Stanley Cup runs. He left for the Nashville Predators via free agency last offseason.

Thus, Brassard, who carries a $5 million cap hit until 2019, will fill that role. Brassard has bounced back this season after struggling in his first season in Ottawa, posting 18 goals and 38 points. He has also performed well in the playoffs, recording 55 points in 78 games.

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