According to TSN's Darren Dreger, the Pittsburgh Penguins acquired center Derick Brassard from the Ottawa Senators. Since winning the Stanley Cup in 2017, bottom-six depth - especially at center - has been an area of need for Pittsburgh.
Brassard has 18 goals and 20 assists in 50 games for Ottawa this season. It's quite a haul for Brassard, but this will give the Penguins that much more firepower for the stretch run before and through the playoffs.
The Penguins were among several teams - including the Blues, Blue Jackets, Kings, Jets, Rangers and Sharks - looking for help in the middle as the clock ticked toward the 3 p.m. ET Monday deadline, making Brassard, 30, a particularly hot commodity.
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The Senators got a very good return for Brassard, getting a prospect and a first-round pick. Any move involving the two-time Norris Trophy victor would require a massive return in draft picks and players or prospects. This season with Lulea, Gustavsson has 2.16 goals against average and a.917 save percentage.
To aid in the financials of the deal, the Penguins announced that Vegas will pick up 40 percent of Brassard's remaining salary for the next two seasons.