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Rangers trade Brassard to Senators

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New York Receives Zibanejad, Draft Pick in Return


In a summer that has seen plenty of surprises, the New York Rangers gave us another one on Monday.

The Rangers traded forward Derick Brassard and a seventh-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft to the Ottawa Senators for forward Mika Zibanejad and a second-round pick in the 2018 draft.

Brassard was New York’s leading scorer last season with a career-high 27 goals. He also led the team in power-play goals with eight and was second in points with 58.

In fact, Brassard had been one of the Rangers’ best offensive players the last few seasons.

Since joining New York late in the 2012-13 campaign, the 28-year-old has scored the second-most goals on the team (69) and the third-most points (174).

Selected sixth in the 2006 NHL Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets, Brassard has tallied 127 goals and 343 points in 563 games with the Blue Jackets and Rangers. He also has 18 goals and 44 points in 59 playoff games.

Zibanejad also hit career milestones last season.

He played in a career-best 81 games and set career marks in goals (21), assists (30), points (51), and face-off winning percentage (50.46%). In five NHL seasons, all with the Senators, the 23-year-old has accumulated 64 goals and 151 points.

Zibanejad has shown an upward progression in his game ever since entering the league during the 2011-12 season. Games played, goals, assists, and points have all gone up every season since his first year. If that trend continues, New York fans will be a happy group.