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Rangers trade Derick Brassard to Senators

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 21:11:43 +0000

Fitzgerald Cecilio - 4E Sports Reporter

Ottawa, ON, Canada (4E Sports) - The New York Rangers have traded center Derick Brassard to the Ottawa Senators for forward Mika Zibanejad and a pick.

Aside from Brassard , the Rangers have also shipped a 2018 NHL Draft pick to the Senators.

According to Brassard , the trade was a sort of homecoming since he hails from Hull, Quebec.

"My family's pretty happy," said Brassard . "I'm just excited to come there and get it done. I'm just excited to come home."

The 29-year-old Brassard played four seasons with the Rangers, that included a trip to the 2014 Stanley Cup Final.

Last season, he scored a team-high 27 goals for the Rangers, who were eliminated in the Eastern Conference First Round by the Pittsburgh Penguins in five games.

Brassard said he is excited to play for the Senators, something he has thought about ever since Ottawa reached the 2007 Stanley Cup Final against the Anaheim Ducks.

"A long time ago when I was younger, when the Sens made the push to the Stanley Cup Final, [my agent] brought me to one of those games," Brassard said. "I just fell in love with the atmosphere there, the rink. From that moment, I was like, 'Maybe one day I'll play here.'"

Selected in the first round by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2006 NHL Draft, Brassard played parts of five seasons in Columbus before being traded to New York in 2012-13.

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