Penguins pick up Brassard, trade Cole in 3-team deal

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Brassard's trade from Ottawa to Pittsburgh was officially executed Friday evening.

Dreger reports goaltending prospect Filip Gustavsson is also heading to the Senators as part of the deal.

According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, the Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired centre Derick Brassard from the Ottawa Senators for a package including their 2018 first-round pick and defenceman Ian Cole. This team is completely stacked down the middle with Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Brassard centering the top three lines. The 30-year-old has 18 goals and 38 points in 58 games with the Senators this season.

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Cole was included in this deal in order to fit Brassard under the Penguins tight salary cap situation.

With Pittsburgh, Brassard will likely plug in as the third-line center, alongside Jake Guentzel and Phil Kessel, bumping Riley Sheahan to the fourth line.

Ottawa isn't very good offensively, so it can be assumed moving to the Penguins will help make his numbers better.

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Ottawa will save some money in the deal as Brassard's contract runs through 2018-19, with an annual average of US$5 million. Even if the first-round pick becomes a pick away from being a second-rounder, they continue to clear salary.

Gustavsson, 19, was the Penguins second-round pick (55th overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft.

One day after the New York Rangers took a big step in overhauling their roster by trading Michael Grabner, the Ottawa Senators reportedly followed suit as they look to begin a major rebuild. Gustavsson was Sweden's starting goaltender in the 2018 World Junior Championship in Buffalo, N.Y., and was named the tournament's top goaltender after posting a 1.81 goals-against-average and.924 save percentage in six games.

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