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Derick Brassard to Ottawa rumblings rumble on

Dec 3, 2011, 12:10 PM EDT

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If there’s an upside to seeing Derick Brassard‘s agent Allan Walsh rip the Blue Jackets for his client’s lack of play, it’s that it’s helped kick up the trade rumor mill.

One team that’s been mentioned as interested in the often-scratched young forward is the Ottawa Senators. The Sens are in need of a second line center and if Brassard needs a change of scenery, Ottawa could be the place to get it.

Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun says the Sens would like to bring him aboard, but there’s a catch. Brennan says Brassard’s cap hit of $3.2 million might be too rich for the Senators to take a chance on in the hope Brassard can regain his old playmaking form.

Injuries have been Brassard’s bugaboo with Columbus and having not shown well lately, it’s an understandable risk the Senators would take if they made a run at him. One thing’s for sure here, though — Walsh’s harsh words for Scott Arniel are going to either get Brassard out of town, or help get Arniel fired.

  1. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Dec 3, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    can someone please fill me in on why anyone would be interested in Brassard. what does he bring to the table. I would never let him play in my top lines or minutes… I just don’t get why there would be any buzz on this guy ???? am I wrong ?

    • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Dec 4, 2011 at 1:33 AM

      3 thumbs down yet no explanation to why? I really am curious to know why anyone would be interested, please…

      • east96st - Dec 4, 2011 at 12:55 PM

        Didn’t thumbs down you, but I think you’re being a touch harsh. He is a good enough skater and shooter that if Brassard was moved to a very strong team and placed on a strong line, I think he could be productive as the guy who gets left alone by the defense focusing in on the more talented players. Brassard isn’t horrible, he just can’t carry a line. Let’s be honest, on a team like the Jackets, if you have a hint of talent, the defense can key on you. Brassard’s issue is that he does not have enough talent to overcome that. Besides, can you name five guys on the Jackets you WOULD let play on your top line? Columbus needed and expected him to be a star and that, I think, is beyond his abilities. The expectations just crushed the guy. I don’t think he’ll ever be in the hockey hall of fame, but he could be a role player on another team.

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