Pens Acquire Brassard From Senators

Feb 17 2018 Ottawa Ontario CAN Ottawa Senators center Derick Brassard celebrates his goal against New York Rangers with teammates during the second period at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit Jean Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired veteran center Derick Brassard from the Ottawa Senators for defenseman Ian Cole, goaltender Filip Gustafson and the Pens' No. 1 draft pick in 2018, TSN's Darren Dreger reported Friday afternoon.

The Golden Knights will receive Penguins winger Ryan Reaves and a fourth-round pick from the Vancouver Canucks in a three-team deal in which Vegas gave up American Hockey League prospect Tobias Lindberg. As part of the deal, Vegas is retaining 40 per cent of Brassard's salary this season.

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Brassard, 30, has 18 goals and 20 assists in 58 games this season for the Senators.

A first-round pick by the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2006, Brassard has posted 159 goals and 261 assists in his career. He missed one game earlier this month with an undisclosed injury.

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Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford is giving his team another piece down the middle as they chase their third consecutive Stanley Cup. Nick Bonino, who had 37 points as the third line center in 2016-17, signed a four-year deal with Nashville this past offseason. The 6-2, 184-pound native of Skelleftea, Sweden, now plays for Lulea in the Swedish Hockey League, where he has posted an 8-9-0 record with a 2.16 goals-against-average and.917 save percentage in 18 games.

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