On Friday evening, the Pittsburgh Penguins completed a three team deal that will shake up the NHL as the league gears up for the playoffs.
The trade was between the aforementioned Penguins, the Ottawa Senators and the Vegas Golden Knights.
Highlighting the trade was center Derick Brassard, who has picked up 18 goals and 20 assists through 58 games in his second year with the Senators.
Brassard will likely be a third line center for the Penguins as the defending champs try to bolster their offense before the trade deadline.
The Pens also picked up an AHL center Vincent Dunn who in 17 games with the Belleville Senators has four points all from assists. Also going to Pittsburgh from Ottawa is a 2018 third round draft pick
The Penguins received AHL defenseman Tobias Lindberg from the Knights. Lindberg played in the NHL for six games with the Maples Leafs during the 2015-16 season, but has not found his way back to the league since.
The Senators got quite a haul from this trade as they acquired top goal tending prospect, 19 year old Filip Gustavsson. He was drafted in the second round of the 2016 draft by the Penguins but did not have any future but a back up to Matt Murray in Pittsburgh.
Ottawa also got some NHL talent in the trade acquiring defenseman Ian Cole who was traded to Pittsburgh back in the 2014-15 season from Saint Louis.
As for picks, the Senators added Pittsburgh’s 2018 first rounder and their 2019 rounder, giving them at least four players from this trade (one of those picks can be flipped for more players at a later date).
The Knights served more as a facilitator for this trade as they retained 40% of Brassard’s salary ($2 million) to allow the Penguins to remain under the salary cap.
In return for their trouble, Vegas got a 2018 fourth rounder from Pittsburgh as well as right winder Ryan Reaves who has eight points and a plus/minus of -9 in 58 games with the Penguins this season.
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