UGH!!! I guess it makes sense, but this stings.....
Rangers deal Derick Brassard to Senators for Mika Zibanejad
NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers have traded center Derick Brassard to the Ottawa Senators for forward Mika Zibanejad in a deal involving players coming off career seasons.
Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton announced the deal on Monday, one that included draft picks.
Derick Brassard has recorded 127 goals and 216 assists in in 563 career games. Mike Carlson/Getty Images
The Rangers also will receive the Senators' second-round draft pick in 2018. Ottawa will get the Rangers' seventh-round pick that year.
The 28-year-old Brassard had a career-high 27 goals and finished second on the team with 58 points in 80 games last season. His 31 assists were 10 fewer than the previous season.
Zibanejad, 23, skated in 81 games with Ottawa with 21 goals and 30 assists. He established career highs in games played, goals, assists, points, game-winning goals (seven), and faceoff win rate (50.5 percent). He has scored at least 20 goals in each of the past two seasons.
Zibanejad gives New York a player who has had success in the shootout. He has tallied a goal on 13 of his 28 career NHL shootout attempts, and he has five game-deciding goals in the shootout.
Zibanejad led the Senators in game-winning goals, faceoff wins, and faceoffs taken, ranked third in short-handed goals (two), tied for third in games played, tied for fourth in assists, and ranked fifth in points and power-play points (11) in 2015-16. He also ranked third among Ottawa forwards in short-handed ice time per game (1:25).
The 6-foot-2 Swede has skated in 281 NHL games over parts of five seasons (2011-12 to 2015-16), getting 64 goals and 87 assists. He was selected by Ottawa with the sixth overall pick in the 2011 draft.
Brassard skated in 254 games with the Rangers over parts of four seasons, getting 69 goals and 105 assists. He was acquired by New York from Columbus in April 2013 in a multiplayer trade that sent forward Marian Gaborik to the Blue Jackets.
Zibanejad will be a restricted free agent after the 2016-17 season and will earn $2.62 million.
Brassard is under contract through 2018-19, earning $5 million annually.
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