Dreger: ‘Strong’ trade market for Brassard

Jim Rutherford may well have another trade or two in the works for his Pittsburgh Penguins in the coming weeks.

Darren Dreger had a Wednesday evening TV hit on NBCSN, and was asked what he felt the market was like Derick Brassard.

“I think it’s strong because teams, contending teams, are always looking for depth up the middle of the ice,” noted Dreger. “Derick Brassard can play in the 2-hole as a No. 2 center. He can play as a No. 3 center, where he’s been for the most part with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

“It is weird why he hasn’t worked out, or he hasn’t been a fit, in Pittsburgh. But there’s going to be decent return, and I believe the Pittsburgh Penguins are going to need to get a center back - somebody who can confidently play that third spot.”

Brassard is wrapping up a five-year, $25 million contract, which carries a modified no-trade clause through which he can nix eight locales, and can become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Contract-related info via CapFriendly