Rangers sign Derick Brassard for five years, $25M … avoid arbitration again


From the NYR:

NEW YORK, July 27, 2014 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the team has agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Derick Brassard.

Brassard, 26, registered 18 goals and 27 assists for 45 points, along with 46 penalty minutes in 81 games with the Rangers this past season. He established career-highs in games played, goals, game-winning goals (four), power play goals (seven), power play assists (11), and power play points (18). Brassard tied for the team lead in power play goals, tied for second on the team in power play points, tied for third in game-winning goals, ranked fourth in goals and points, tied for fourth in power play assists, and ranked fifth in assists. He tied a career-high with an eight-game point streak from January 26 at New Jersey to March 1 at Philadelphia (five goals, five assists over the span). Brassard’s eight-game point streak was the longest a Ranger had during the season. During the streak, he also tied a career-high with a three-game goal streak from January 31 vs. NY Islanders to February 6 vs. Edmonton (three goals over the span). Brassard recorded two goals, added an assist, and established a single-game career-high with a plus-four rating on March 18 at Ottawa. Brassard tallied his 200th career NHL point with an assist on December 29 at Tampa Bay, and recorded an assist while skating in his 400th career NHL contest on April 5 vs. Ottawa.

Rangers Report logoIn the 2014 Playoffs, the 6-1, 205-pounder recorded six goals and six assists for 12 points in 23 games. Brassard established playoff career-highs in games played, goals, plus/minus rating (plus-four), game-winning goals (two), shots on goal (45), and power play assists (three), and tied playoff career-highs in points and power play points (three). He tied for second on the team – and tied for sixth in the NHL – in game-winning goals, ranked third on the team in goals, and tied for fourth in plus/minus rating and power play assists in the playoffs. He tallied his first career overtime goal in the playoffs in Game 1 of the Metropolitan Division Finals at Pittsburgh on May 2. Brassard also registered his first career multi-goal game in the playoffs, including the game-winning goal, and tied a single-game playoff career-high with three points in Game 5 of the Metropolitan Division Finals at Pittsburgh on May 9. Brassard became the first Ranger to record two game-winning goals on the road in one playoff series since Adam Graves tallied two in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against Montreal in 1996. He also tied for the team lead in plus/minus rating (plus-two), and tied for second on the team in assists (two) and points (three) in the Stanley Cup Final against Los Angeles.

Brassard has skated in 403 career NHL games with the Rangers and Columbus, registering 81 goals and 144 assists for 225 points, along with 230 penalty minutes. He made his NHL debut as a member of the Blue Jackets on January 11, 2008 vs. St. Louis, and recorded his first career NHL point with an assist on January 20, 2008 at Colorado. Brassard established career-highs in assists (30) and points (47) during the 2010-11 season with Columbus. He registered a single-game career-high, four points (one goal, three assists) while making his Rangers debut on April 3, 2013 vs. Pittsburgh. Brassard has skated in 35 career NHL playoff games, all with the Rangers, registering eight goals and 16 assists for 24 points, along with 10 penalty minutes and a plus-five rating.

The Hull, Quebec native was acquired from Columbus on April 3, 2013, along with John Moore, Derek Dorsett, and a sixth-round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for Marian Gaborik, Blake Parlett, and Steven Delisle. He was originally selected by Columbus in the first round, sixth overall, of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

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  1. it’s a bit to much for a 2nd/3rd line center but the rangers don’t have much of a choice. In a few years with the cap going up will look better. Once the rangers sign moore than they have to find out how much does staal want and does staal want to stay a ranger, if so, again, how much is he asking for and if reasonable than extend staal, if not, need to trade staal. Either way, hope sather doesn’t wait to long on staal.

  2. Good business. Locked him up long-term. Moore has no arb rights and given he was inconsistent last year $1.25m is a good deal for him.
    Going to be an interesting squeeze under the cap!

  3. Brassard has…

    He has the most playoff points of any Ranger over the last two seasons.


  4. I’m happy with this deal. Pretty shocking show of commitment by the NYR. Grown up move, -Sather- Gorton.

  5. very confused by the final deal.
    why a deal that’s above what he wanted in arbitration (unless that number was for one year)?
    and why front load the contract?

    from Gross:
    “While the salary cap average for Brassard’s contract is $5 million, he will make more on the front end, including a $7 million salary this coming season, $6 million in 2015-16 and $5 million in 2016-17, with $3.5 million salaries the last two seasons of the deal.

    Brassard submitted a salary request of $4.95 million for his scheduled arbitration hearing while the Rangers countered at $3.825 million.”

  6. Limited no trade. I guess in three years if he declines his salary is moveable. His cap hit though will still be 5 per.

  7. not surprised or disappointed by the number of years but kinda surprised that it averages out to 5 mil a year….thought it would be a little less than
    (again based on what Brass was seeking)

  8. Good deal, IMO

    Jpg, Brassard was asking for 1 year arbitration award at $4.95M. He would’ve most likely been awarded around $4.5M. And gone next year, becoming an UFA and would’ve gotten more money. They just bought 4 years of his UFA. Remember, Dubinsky just signed an extension for 6 years at $5.85M.

    And Eric is correct, they aren’t going to carry 8 D and all other forwards. 2 or 3 of those guys will be sent to Hartford. J. Moore has no choice, his deal will probably be around $1M. They should be ok.

  9. people still use the price point that was established when the salary cap was first installed to gauge contracts today.

    in 2014 this is market value. and if they didnt give him a NMC, its a win for the rangers.

    I think he is gonna get better and better. But dont overlook the fact he is signed for 5 years at a rate, the majority of teams who would have been interested in him as a UFA will view as attractive as a trade option.

  10. i just looked up Marc Savard’s stats. Brassards career is trending that way. Skilled, didnt put it all together with his first club. New club, new opportunity, ran with it.

    Im happy to have him locked up and have the ability to see if he continues to improve.

    But not at the expense of Staal. They better not trade Staal. The dude is past his injuries, he’s gonna be a rock for another 10 years.

    To me he is the textbook definition of a shut-down defensemen in the new NHL. Ill take what he brings over a guy who will throw in another 20 points and give up another 20 goals.

  11. Step’s worth every penny he is going to get. aside from the superstars tell me who’s a better 24 y.o 2 way center.

  12. oooo the contract is front-loaded??? lets say in two years time when maybe a bonafide #1 center is available via UFA, and the bulk of the contract is paid and the cap hit is merely a cap hit..

    Brassard is gonna be very very attractive to a lot of NHL teams.

  13. ilb
    i know we’re talking a few
    msg roast beef sandwiches here
    i thought his arbitration request was a little lower
    which is why i thought that a contract that ended up being
    just a little below 25 mil…..say in the 23-24 range would have been better

    i know they were doing this so NYR won’t have to deal with this again in a few years
    so that’s one REALLY GOOD thing about it.
    let’s hope Stepan steps it up for his payday next year

  14. bull dog line on

    Stepan is very underrated by most here. he is going to get 6 plus, and he will be worth it.

  15. Jpg- when you are buying a few years of player’s UFA, long term deal is always at a rate higher than a one year deal. They are buying his prime years, it’s a good deal. Not sure if they are looking as far as trading him, but jpp is right too. if continues his trend, it could be a bargain in a few years. And yes, Stepan will double his current AAV.

  16. This is the going rate for second line centers. Brassard can sometimes perform like a #1. I know some people expected him to make less than $4.5m, but that was never going to happen.

  17. Im not interested in trading Brassard. I was just dissecting the deal from both angles, as a roster player and as an asset.

  18. I actually think that’s a pretty
    Good deal for Brass. And I’m one of the people who didn’t want him resigned back in February.
    He’s proven his value. And for that kind of money he’s movable if it doesn’t pan out.

  19. i’m not up on all the capgeek stuff
    his amount on the salary cap per year
    is only 5 mill since that’s the overall average of the contract

  20. Yes, JPG. Only $5M counts against the cap for 5 years, even though he is making more than that during his first two years of this contract.

    Interesting to note that the Rangers’ salary payroll is listed at over $80M ( league’s highest), while they remain under the cap.

  21. Matty"SmurfCIty!!"Boy on

    Im good with the front loading. Smart, actually. Boy, these players are RUNNING all the way to the bank these days.

    That said, it will be interesting to see how Brass and Zucc’s play without the Edmonton Oiler’s new star.

    We need size in a BIG WAY.

  22. Matty"SmurfCIty!!"Boy on

    This will be the first team to have an average height of 5’10.5 and weight of 185 since 1964.

  23. Matty"SmurfCIty!!"Boy on

    Brassard, at 6’0″ and 205 is HUGE by this team’s standards. Truly a 2014-15 Rangers Power Forward.

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