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Cashing in: Rangers sign Brassard to five-year, $25 million deal

Jul 27, 2014, 3:54 PM EDT

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Derick Brassard‘s big season with the New York Rangers has earned him a big deal.

Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reports Brassard will avoid arbitration and has agreed to a five-year, $25 million deal with the Rangers. The two sides were due to appear in court on Monday. Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports the deal hasn’t been signed as there are a few details left to get ironed out. It’s just a matter of time before it’s made official.

Update (4:19 p.m. ET): Rangers officially announce the signing.

Last season, Brassard blossomed with the Rangers as their third line center between Benoit Pouliot and Mats Zuccarello. He scored 18 goals and had 45 points in the regular season and had six goals and six assists in the Rangers’ run to the Stanley Cup Final. Just ask the Pittsburgh Penguins what they thought of that line in the Eastern Conference Semifinal.

In seven seasons with the Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets, Brassard has 81 goals and 225 points. In New York, however, he’s emerged as an important offensive threat and will likely head into next season as the team’s No. 2 center. While he’s battled injury throughout his career, when he’s been healthy he’s been a very good player – just as the Rangers saw last season.

  1. lowenni - Jul 27, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    Wow that’s a lot for a guy who’s been up and down his whole career, and even the ups haven’t been that great. 60 point ceiling for this guy, but probably good for 50 points this season. I get that he’s entering the season as the teams no. 2 center and therefore had leverage in these negotiations, but to get 1.5 mil more than the little guy who still led the team in scoring doesn’t make sense to me. Not a absolutely horrible, sky high-price, but he’s just not worth five million yet. They ponied up before he’s proved himself.

    • geejon - Jul 27, 2014 at 5:38 PM

      “The little guy” took that as 1 yr deal to work with the team. When he signs his long term deal it won’t be 3.5 per it’ll be about the same as Brassard’s.

      • lowenni - Jul 27, 2014 at 5:40 PM

        I know that, and I really respect his being flexible with the team so they can spend money to help them get back to the Finals. With that being said, I don’t think Zucc was expecting them to then go spend 1.5 mil of the money they saved–money he saved them, that is–on a guy who didn’t perform as well as him. Zucc will earn and has earned the long term deal he’ll get next season–Brassard did not earn 5 million a year.

      • geejon - Jul 27, 2014 at 5:53 PM

        Of course he knew that the money was going to go to Brassard (his linemate btw). Who else was it going to go to? No one’s left on the FA market. Neither Kreider nor Moore were getting big deals as they’re not near UFA. Only Brassard was gonna be able to leave next year if he wasn’t locked up. The whole point of the Zucc deal was to sign Brassard to more than a 1yr deal.

      • lowenni - Jul 27, 2014 at 7:50 PM

        You misunderstand me…of course some of the money was going to go to Brassard, he’s a piece of the team that obviously should come back. My point is that I doubt that he, along with with most hockey fans, expected Brassard to get a) this much money (because it’s just too much) and b) significantly more than he took.

      • 950003cups - Jul 27, 2014 at 9:16 PM

        At first I was concerned. I saw Sather sign guys for cheap in arbitration. So my first thought was “who kidnapped glen sather? Then I saw “Brassard signs for $25M” and it was then that I realized ok Glenny is safe and sound doing business as usual. They should paid him up with Nash. They could call the line “The Cash Line” similar to what the devils once had.

  2. canuckinamerica - Jul 27, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    Absolutely ridiculous contract for. Player of this talent. But get used to it……with the cap rising every year soon players who score 7-10 goals a season and 25-40 points will be making $4M+ a year. They should every day say thanks to the average fans who pay “stupid ticket prices” for their lifestyle. Having once had season tickets in Toronto I will say……”ain’t seeing any more of my money” for this level of talent at that price-point.

    • billiam55 - Jul 27, 2014 at 4:59 PM

      shut up u stupid canucks fan. wat do u knw?!?! player of his talent? yeah ughh he is pretty talented and was a part of the greatest most consistent, and best, third linee that ultimately lifted the rangers this season.

      • lowenni - Jul 27, 2014 at 5:43 PM

        *third line* being the key word there. Didn’t face other teams top lines, offensive starts, etc. Brassard is a middle six scoring forward. Joel Ward just scored 49 points last season for the Caps, from the third line, playing with less talented linemates, but I wouldn’t give him 5 million a year, he makes 3 mil. And he brings more to the table than Brassard does–he also kills penalties and provides leadership. Just because a guy is a great third liner doesn’t mean he deserves to be payed top dollar. We’re yet to see how he does facing the other teams top-6 when he’s off the third line (hint: he didn’t do so well doing that in Columbus)

      • afce22 - Jul 27, 2014 at 8:21 PM

        Let’s face it, the Rangers gave him this much money because that’s what free agency is yielding these days and because they don’t have any depth at Center. With Richards moving on they had even less

      • bstar28 - Jul 28, 2014 at 11:38 AM

        I agree that’s it’s a little too much for Brassard, but to compare the Joel Ward contract is unfair. He signed a four year deal in 2011 coming off a 29 point season. When he is a free agent again after the 14-15 season, he’ll get at least 5 mil per and probably more at that time. If you’ve looked at all of the other signings going on, this is the same kind of deal as Cammalleri, Bolland, and Grabovski. I think you could easily make a case that Brassard is at least on the same level as those guys and younger than all of them.

        As for the original point of players scoring 25-40 points making 4 million dollars, we’re already there – Benoit Pouliot.

  3. bodallasss - Jul 27, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    A little pricey but ultimately worth it. Brassard has been nothing but clutch since he came to NY. The rangers have more than enough contracts to worry about next year with Stepan, Zucc, Hagelin, and Staal. At least now he’s locked up.

  4. jaguar0413 - Jul 27, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    He’s never scored 20 goals in a season. He’s never had 50 points. How is he worth $5 million per year? For all the cap space the Rags got from the Richards buyout, they just wasted a ton of it on Brassard. Terrible contract.

    • billiam55 - Jul 27, 2014 at 4:56 PM

      disagree. brassard is depth to the rangers. his line was one of the best third lines in the league.

      • lowenni - Jul 27, 2014 at 5:38 PM

        Third line being the key word there. You don’t pay third liners 5 million. Granted, he may be a second line center now, but for a guy who has just been a third line scoring guy his whole career its an overpayment. He may prove to be worth it, but there’s a fair amount of risk to this contract. You don’t pay career third liners 5 million, unless they’re absolutely the best out there–doing penalty killing, scoring, leadership, winning, etc. Brassard just scores, and not even enough for 5 mil. I like the guy but don’t try and justify the contract because of “depth” just cause you’re a Rags fan. That would also justify keeping Pouilot for 4 million and keeping Richards on his contract…but those didn’t make sense either.

      • jaguar0413 - Jul 27, 2014 at 5:39 PM

        That’s my point. I’m not saying that he’s not a good player or that he’s useful, just that he’s not worth that contract. Find me another third line level player that makes $5 million per year?

      • xaile94 - Jul 27, 2014 at 8:05 PM

        do people really think Pouliot-Brassard-Zucchini was the 3rd line? whoever played with Richards was on the 3rd line (poor Hags). i haven’t looked it up, but i’m sure by midseason, opponents were matching up Brassard’s line significantly more than Richards’ line.

      • xaile94 - Jul 27, 2014 at 8:07 PM

        %*$# I hate auto-correct.

      • moarjam - Jul 27, 2014 at 9:31 PM

        I hear you but look around guys. This is the going rate nowadays for someone like Brassard. Look at Dave Bolland. He’s never put up more than Brassard and got $5.5m on the open market.

        Cap is just going to rise over the life of this contract. May seem expensive now but it just might be a steal by the end of it.

      • 2qswing - Jul 28, 2014 at 12:21 PM

        Depth? depth??? this guy was the overall 6th pick in the NHL draft. He’s a good player but 5 mil/yr for a classic underachiever. 6th overall picks are supposed to be all stars. Oh and before you say that NOW he’s playing with a stronger supporting cast, he centered for Nash in C bus.

  5. martysbetter - Jul 27, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    Hahaha wowwwwwwww, seriously?

    • nebbah306 - Jul 28, 2014 at 2:44 PM

      For all the Devils fans who continue to flood Rangers posts, think about this one.

      Travis Zajac has a $5.75 million cap hit. In 551 NHL games, he has 323 points. .58 points per game and he’ll be 30 in May.

      Derick Brassard has a $5.0 m cap hit. In 403 NHL games, he has 225 points which is .56 points per game and he’ll be 27 in September.

      Personally, give me Brassard over Zajac any day.

      • 950003cups - Jul 28, 2014 at 3:38 PM

        For all you rags fans who think knowing hockey is to look up Strat O Matic points, think about this one.

        (Zajac is a 2-way player)

        Travis Zajac has a $5.75 million cap hit. In 551 NHL games, is a career +/- of +34 and he’ll be 30 in May.

        Derick Brassard has a $5.0 m cap hit. In 403 NHL games, he has a career +/- of -37 and he’ll be 27 in September.

      • 950003cups - Jul 28, 2014 at 3:40 PM

        Personally, you can have Brassard over Zajac any day.


      • nebbah306 - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:26 AM

        Hey cups, you’re going to use +/- as your defense? Almost everyone regards that stat as pointless. Brass has been a + player with the Rangers. He was usually a – on CBJ because they stunk. I watched every single Rangers game this year, and Brass didn’t slack defensively at all. What exactly has Travis Zajac done since he lost Parise as a winger? Zajac’s two best seasons were 08-09 (62 points) and 09-10 (67 points). Those same years, Parise had 94 points and 82 points, his best two seasons of his career as well. In the two seasons after Parise left, Zajac has a total of 68 points in 128 games. I would not be shocked at all if Brass eclipses Zajac’s best season of 67 points this year.

  6. bodallasss - Jul 27, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    Brassard is 26 and still has yet to hit his peak. After Brassard and Zucc both put up around 60 points playing on a line with either St.louis or Kreider we’ll be happy he’s signed to this contract. Before we had a 34 year old on the decline as our 2nd line center for 6.6 million now we have a center about to hit the peak of his career playing with Zuccarello for 5 million a year. Seems like an improvement to me. The cap is going up and its not like the rangers don’t have the $$$ to spend. I will agree its crazy Brassard is now making more than McDonagh but thats really a reflection of how amazing McD’s contract is not how inflated Brassard’s is.

    • billiam55 - Jul 27, 2014 at 5:00 PM

      him and zucc got great hockey chemistry.

    • 2qswing - Jul 28, 2014 at 12:24 PM

      The two happiest guys other than Brassard about this deal …. Ryan Johansen and his agent.

      • rmccleary97 - Jul 28, 2014 at 12:36 PM

        You forgot to mention Derek Stepan, who’s posted better stats and is younger *and* is arbitration-eligible after ’14-15. If Brassard is worth 5/25, Stepan’s probably looking at $6.5 million per.

  7. norskhelgen - Jul 27, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Zuccarello is only a year older, and is leaps and bounds better than Brassard. Brassard will forever be a streaky player in this league. If anyone was whining about the O’Reilly’s deal, you only have to look as far as Brassard to see why the market is now broken.

  8. phtjoey - Jul 27, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    Yet another signing that justifies the contracts awarded to Kane and Toews. Oy vey!

  9. crazemastercraze - Jul 27, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    Typical out of control Sather signing. Next they’ll bring bobby Holik out of retirement with a $6 million a year contract for five years

    • barkar942 - Jul 27, 2014 at 5:40 PM

      No. That would be the Devils. Daneyko and Stevens will be joining Jagr for the regular season, not just old timers games.

  10. arrow43050 - Jul 27, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    The best thing teams can possibly do now is to lock up their players for as long as possible because the salary cap will be going WAY up and they’ll be able to have players at what will be considered bargain basement prices in the final years of their contracts. $5m is WAY more than Brassard should be making this year, but I bet we won’t be saying the same thing 3 years from now.

    • geejon - Jul 27, 2014 at 5:43 PM

      What are you doing here with those smarts and insight? Don’t you know this is the place where people scream “I can’t believe they signed that guy for more than player x is making” …. (meanwhile player X’s contract is mostly RFA years and once he hits UFA he’ll double the salary of the guy they’re screaming about”

  11. DED - Jul 27, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    So the Rangers caved in and gave him what he wanted, which was listed the other day at just under $5 million. I hope he lives up to the contract. In the short run it seems steep. Maybe five years out it’ll seem like a bargain. I hope it is.

    • barkar942 - Jul 27, 2014 at 5:42 PM

      A little higher that I personally would have liked at this point, but hopefully he will prove me wrong.

    • 950003cups - Jul 27, 2014 at 9:12 PM

      lol never!!

  12. 34defense2014 - Jul 27, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    Blah ha ha ha!! This is great!!

    • 950003cups - Jul 27, 2014 at 9:10 PM

      Happy days are here again!!! Yet another Sather fairy tale story where a useless player goes from the rags to riches!

      • nebbah306 - Jul 28, 2014 at 3:09 PM

        Zajac makes more than Brass and is signed for another 7 years. Brass > Zajac

  13. AppealToReason - Jul 27, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    I think this is more or less just the market re-setting itself. Is Brassard 5 mil when guys like Tavares make 5.5? No. But Tavares signed in a different time, a few years ago.

    Is Brassard 5mil when Toews is 10.5? Yeah, probably around there especially considering how desperate teams are for anyone who can masquerade as a competent centre.

    • storminator16 - Jul 28, 2014 at 7:22 AM

      Tavares was foolishly giving the Islanders a bargain for the security. Brassard got his deal because Sather didn’t want the player to be dragged through arbitration and hear why he shouldn’t be getting paid 5 years at 5 million. Sather still has the magic touch.

      Ranger fans will rue the day Brassard got this deal.

      • kingadrock99 - Jul 28, 2014 at 11:10 AM

        So, how ’bout those Devils?

  14. xaile94 - Jul 27, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    seems fine. limited ntc and the last 2 yrs at 3.5 actual $ makes him very tradeable to teams working around the floor.

  15. laughernyc - Jul 27, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    Brassard is at the cusp of becoming an elite player, with a ton of skill and speed. He fits precisely into the Rangers’ identity, one that took them to the finals while their “big” scorers and names virtually did nothing. He is young, coachable, has great chemistry with his linemates, and is exactly what makes a hockey fan want to pay money to watch his team play the game. When Tortorella left, a pal and I agreed we would rather see the Rangers lose 5-3 and enjoy a great game than suffer through a 1-0 or 2-1 grindfest with guys out there obviously not enjoying themselves. Yes, the Rangers were still a good team with Torts, but he held them back. sather gave him speed and talent, and he tried to crush it.

    Brassard for five years is awesome for us. He has a great attitude, and as long as he stays healthy, and they give Zucc whatever it takes to keep him next year, the thought of those two guys on a line for my team for the next four or five years makes me very very happy. Hockey is ENTERTAINMENT. Yes, the Devils and their trap made the game unwatchable while winning a Cup, but with top performances, the Rangers could win a cup and be a blast to watch. As any neutral observer would truly say, if the refs hadn’t turned all three games in LA around for the Kings, the Rangers probably are champions right now. Just go back and watch the calls and non-calls with the perspective of a little time, and be honest about who wins those games (especially the first two games in LA which were both Ranger wins until the refs changed the outcomes.)

    Can’t wait for next year. Kreider healthy for the full year, and a settled top of the roster all in or near their prime, with St Louis and Boyle motivated and still capable — there is no reason they can’t go deep again, and maybe with a break from Toronto for a change, bring another Cup home to NYC.

    Yes, pro athletes are overpaid. But these guys play 100 of the toughest games imaginable every year, practice hard, and a guy with Brassard’s passing and playmaking skills, plus his willingness to be maybe 75% as pugnacious as Zucc is just exactly what I want to watch every night. You can keep your big grinders and guys who get the Canadian favoritism from the refs. I’d like to see this Rangers team play on the big international ice, even! 2014-15 should be a really fun season!!

    • 950003cups - Jul 27, 2014 at 9:07 PM

      LOLOL. Did you get dropped on your head at birth? Or were you born this way. LOLOL.

      • moarjam - Jul 27, 2014 at 9:24 PM

        Most would ask the same to you cups…

    • storminator16 - Jul 28, 2014 at 7:18 AM

      “Brassard is at the cusp of becoming an elite player”

      I honestly stopped reading after that.

  16. nashernation - Jul 27, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    I’m glad Brass is locked up long term. The cap will be going up next year so this contract won’t be an albatross. Moore is next and the Blue Shirts are in business. I think Lombardi will be a sleeper signing. He had a real nice year in the Swiss league.

    • 950003cups - Jul 28, 2014 at 4:36 PM

      “He had a real nice year in the Swiss league”


  17. rupp246 - Jul 27, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Who cares how much he makes. If your a ranger fan, you’re happy he signed. Looking forward til another great year…

  18. redwings4013 - Jul 27, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Anyone notice he makes more then kronwall, and the same amount as kesler!!

    • bstar28 - Jul 28, 2014 at 12:02 PM

      And Zach Parise makes more than Wayne Gretzky…Players get paid according to the current market, not according to what players have signed for in the past. The better comparison there would be how much would Kesler sign for as a free agent today?

      And not that I would compare these totally different types of players that you picked… but let’s see, Kesler 105 points past three years, Brassard 115…

  19. 34defense2014 - Jul 28, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    laughernyc.. I’m not an LA and I hate the Rags. I watched the entire Final again on the NHL Network, LA won because they where the better team?! Speed, speed, speed sounds good! But keep it up for 3 Periods against s bigger, stronger team? Then when you do finally get off! Quick stopped everything big? LA won because the where the all around better team! What Cool-Aid are you drinking? Also? You said bad Officiating? Then why wasn’t Krieder suspended for at least 4 games for knocking out Price? If you played Hockey? You know to go into a Netminder like that? You did absolutely nothing to try and get over price! It goes both ways! Meaning- the calls offset during a series!

    • laughernyc - Jul 28, 2014 at 11:50 AM

      The non-interference call against Lundquist was basically the game and the series. watch those games again, and see how the calls turned Rags victories into losses. If the calls had gone against the Kings or your team that way, your head would have exploded. as a Rangers fan, you get used to it. Watching for 50 years, there’s a reason ther only cup we won was the year we had Messier – being associated with Messier, gretzky, Hull, etc… the Canadian legends… gets you a fair shake in this league. Being from NY gets you the shaft, game after game. Kreider got tripped into that hit, and it was so obvious even the TV guys had to admit it. It should have been a tripping call. Kreider no way tries to hurt the goalie. He’s still a rookie, and has taken more cheap shots than anyone in the league, particularly slashes to the hands.

      • laughernyc - Jul 28, 2014 at 11:51 AM

        And, part of wearing down is killing off crap penalties… lots of them.

  20. kastout11 - Jul 28, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    A little more than I expected, but the gusy busts it every night. He was a big reason why the Rangers defeated by Flyers in the 1st round this past season. If I were a Rangers fan, I would be happy they locked him up for the next 5 years.

  21. ironpeddler255 - Jul 28, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    For all you guys beefing about the 5M a year…this will look like a bargain in 2 years, for a player of his talent, as the cap rises. No, he’s not an elite player as they will demand 8-10M in two years. Brass is only 26yo and the Rangers just locked him up for his prime playing years. And in years 4-5, he will be a hot commodity should they need to trade him at that number.

  22. nyrnashty - Jul 28, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    These contracts…LOL!

  23. nebbah306 - Jul 28, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    For all the Devils fans who continue to flood Rangers posts, think about this one.

    Travis Zajac has a $5.75 million cap hit. In 551 NHL games, he has 323 points. .58 points per game and he’ll be 30 in May.

    Derick Brassard has a $5.0 m cap hit. In 403 NHL games, he has 225 points which is .56 points per game and he’ll be 27 in September.

    • 7mantel - Jul 28, 2014 at 3:54 PM

      There is only 1 a-hole devils fan who trolls Ranger posts ,he uses a few handles .

  24. kangarooparm - Jul 28, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    FA’s always get overpaid, that’s how it works. As an NYR fan I saw Brassard raise his game in the playoffs 2 years in a row, while other guys just fade away. You’ll always take guys like that. Period.

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