It seems that the New York Islanders aren’t done dipping their toes in the free agent market. Rumors has it that they’ll be bringing in center Derick Brassard.
It sounds like the New York Islanders are going to be bringing in free agent center Derick Brassard. It’s not the free agent signing we hoped the Islanders would make, but it’s very much on brand for GM Lou Lamoriello.
Brassard, 31-years-old, spent the 2018-19 season playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins, then he was traded the Florida Panthers, before being dealt again to the Colorado Avalanche. In 70 games played across all three teams, he scored 14 goals and 23 points.
He’s an NHL veteran who can play both with and without the puck. He’s exactly the type of player that Lou Lamoriello likes to have on his roster.
Just two years ago Brassard put up 46 points between the Ottawa Senators and the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Penguins, paying a decent price to get Brassard as their number three center for another kick at Lord Stanley’s Cup. Brassard, packaged with Vincent Dunn and a third round pick netted Ottawa a first in 2018, a third in 2019, Ian Cole, and goalie prospect Filip Gustavsson.
Brassard couldn’t continue that good form he had in Ottawa and the Penguins fell to the Capitals in the playoffs. The next season Brassard was moved to the Panthers after 40 games and 15 points.
Hopefully, he picks up that form from 2017-18 for the islanders?
What’s going to make or break this deal is the contract. The deal shouldn’t be for more than two years at a low AAV. Somewhere between $1.5 and $2.5 million per year. And no trade protection. Please, no trade protection. There’s no reason to offer him any trade protection.
If Lou can keep modified trade protection out of this deal, keep it for under three years, and lower than $3 million AAV I’d be happy to take a chance on Derick Brassard.