ST. LOUIS IS LOOKING FOR HELP
With the way things have been going for the Blues right now, it’s become obvious that a move must be made before the deadline. Rumor has it, the Ottawa Senators and the St. Louis Blues are in deep trade discussion regarding two possible candidates. One of the possible returns is Derick Brassard.
Derick is a proven top-six forward that can score. He plays center-ice, has decent playmaking abilities, and he’s a smart veteran that can bring more leadership to the locker room. Brassard grinds it out playing a 200-foot game every night. #19 is a great all-around two-way player with good hockey sense.
THE SCOOP ON DERICK
This season, Brassard has registered 35 points (17 goals and 18 assists) in 55 games. The 6’1″, 202 lb center is 30 years old, and his 5 million dollar contract ends after the 2018-19 season. In 13 NHL seasons, Derick has played 699 career games, scoring 158 goals and tallying 259 helpers for 417 total points.
In 2016-17, Derick established a career high in goals with 27 scored in 80 contests. The year before, he set his records in the assists and points columns with 41 helpers and 60 total points in 80 games. He’s particularly hot right now, having scored 6 points (4 goals and 2 assists) in his last 4 games. The Hull, Quebec native has a -3 rating despite the fact that he’s playing on a team that has a -43 goal differential.
It’s no question that Brassard is past his prime, but he’s no slouch. The last 2 seasons with the Ottawa Senators may not exactly reflect his actual abilities. It’s possible he needs the change of scenery. His production in Ottawa has been limited. His 2016-17 campaign included 14 goals and 25 assists for a total of 39 points in 81 games. Last year, Derick scored 16 goals and tallied 16 assists for 32 points in 54 games.
It is said that Derick Brassard is one of two players that the Blues are interested in from Ottawa. The other player is Mike Hoffman. I wrote a recent article on Hoffman. Click here if you’d like to read it. If the Blues are to pick up one of these 2 players, I’d like it to be Hoffman. I wouldn’t be disappointed to see the Blues pick up Brassard if the deal makes more sense though.
What’s floating around is that the Blues would prefer to offer forwards Vladimir Sobotka and/or Patrik Berglund in the deal. Patrik Berglund does have a no-trade clause and has not been asked to waive it as of yet. Either way, General Manager, Doug Armstrong has the assets to bring one of these two Ottawa Senators to St. Louis. We’ll see what happens by February 26th.