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Derick Brassard | Center

Team: New York Rangers
Age / DOB:  (27) / 9/22/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 202
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Derick Brassard is looking forward to receiving a larger role with the New York Rangers this season.
He's slated to be New York's number two center after the club bought out Brad Richards. "I try and improve every year as a player, but I am going to go about preparing myself the same way and I am going to be the same player, just try and be even better," Brassard said. "I think last season will help me and the whole team, because now we all know what it takes to really compete for the Stanley Cup. I want to mature as a player in all areas, and I want to take another big step." He made positive strides last season with a career high 18 goals and 45 points in 81 games. Brassard agreed to a five-year, $25 million contract on July 27. Aug 5 - 4:28 PM
Source: NHL.com

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Derick Brassard and the New York Rangers have agreed to terms on a new contract, thus avoiding a salary-arbitration hearing.

There are reports that the contract is worth $25 million for five years. Brassard, 27 in September, had been a restricted free agent. His arbitration session with the Rangers was scheduled for Monday. Brassard had a career-high 18 goals in 81 games last season for the Rangers. He also scored 45 points, which ranked fourth on the team. He also tied for fourth on the team with 12 points in the post-season. In 403 games with the Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets, Brassard has 81 goals and 225 points. He is likely to serve as the Rangers' second-line center next season, behind Derek Stepan.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 27 - 7:13 PM

Derick Brassard is seeking $4.95 million while the New York Rangers have submitted $3.825 million as their proposed salary in the arbitration process for the center.

Their arbitration hearing is scheduled for Monday but they'll undoubtedly be negotiating on the weekend to see if they can come to terms so they can avoid the session. Back on July 17, word surfaced that Brassard wanted $5.5 million while former restricted free agent Mats Zuccarello asked for $4.5 million. Zuccarello already settled for $3.5 million and avoided arbitration, while it obviously at least looks like Brassard will receive at least a bit more money than the Rangers’ 2013-14 regular season scoring leader. Brassard scored 18 goals and 45 points in 81 regular season games before collecting 12 points in 23 playoff contests last season. He’s likely to be counted on quite a bit more in 2014-15 after the team’s summer of turnover at the center position.
Jul 26 - 7:48 PM

Derick Brassard reportedly wants around $5.5 million annually on a long-term deal.

The New York Rangers might end up giving him something in that ballpark and avoid arbitration with him in the process. Brassard could end up getting $4.5 million to $4.75 million awarded to him if the two sides aren't able to avoid arbitration. He has 18 goals and 45 points in 81 contests last season.
Source: NY Post
Jul 17 - 8:51 PM

Derick Brassard has his arbitration date set.

Brassard will have his hearing on July 28 unless he is able to agree to terms with the New York Rangers. He had 45 points and 46 penalty minutes in 81 contests last season.
Source: TSN.ca
Jul 9 - 4:36 PM

Derick Brassard has filed for salary arbitration.

The restricted free agent will continue to work with the Rangers on a new contract, so his arbitration hearing will serve as a last resort. Brassard scored a career high 18 goals and produced 45 points in 81 games last year.
Jul 5 - 1:17 PM

Derick Brassard will be looking to cash in as he is only one year away from unrestricted free agency.

Brassard is a restricted free agent this off-season and if the Rangers are unable to sign him to a long-term deal, he could be dealt elsewhere as New York would like to get some value while he still has a year remaining. Brassard had 18 goals and 45 points in the regular season and added six goals and six assists in 23 playoff games.
Source: NY Post
Jun 16 - 8:39 AM

Derick Brassard feels that it's easy to play when you have "nothing to lose."

"We're just going to try to steal a game," he said. The Rangers are behind 3-1 in the series. The team is trying to play more confidently with the lead in games after blowing two-goal advantages in Games 1 and 2. "When you have the lead, you don't want to make mistakes and you're on your heels a bit," Brassard added. "No matter what happens, we need to be on our toes. We need to make strong decisions; when we don't skate, we don't play well." He has contributed a goal and two assists in his past three outings to give him 12 points in 22 playoff matches.
Jun 13 - 9:13 AM

Derick Brassard scored once and added an assist in a losing effort Saturday.

Brassard now has six goals and 11 points in the post-season as his line alongside Mats Zuccarello and Benoit Pouliot were a plus-six in the contest.
Source: NY Post
Jun 8 - 9:31 AM

Derick Brassard scored once as he returned to action after missing Games 2 and 3 with an upper body injury.

Brassard's slapshot in the second stanza eluded Montreal goaltender Dustin Tokarski to give the Rangers a 2-1 lead at the time. It was Brassard's fifth goal of the playoffs and he now has eight points in 16 games.
May 26 - 8:23 AM

Derick Brassard (upper body) has proclaimed himself fit to play in Game 4 versus Montreal on Sunday night.

He said he's 100 percent after he was hurt early into Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final on a hit by Canadiens defenseman Mike Weaver. Brassard missed Games 2 and 3 of the series as a result, but his return comes at a fortunate time with the Rangers likely to be without Derek Stepan for Game 4.
May 24 - 1:14 PM

Coach Alain Vigneault said that Derick Brassard (upper body) is still day-to-day, so he should be considered doubtful to play in Game 3 versus Montreal Thursday night.

Brassard, who wasn't able to play in Game 2 on Monday, has four goals and seven points in 15 games this playoffs. "He's still day-to-day, and he's been a big part of our offensive success," Vigneault said. "So we're a better team when he's in our lineup."
May 22 - 2:16 PM

Derick Brassard (upper body) skated with the Rangers on Wednesday.

Brassard wasn't sure if he could play if Game 3 was today, but he might be ready in time for Thursday night. He missed Game 2 due to the ailment.
May 21 - 3:07 PM

Derick Brassard (upper body) remains questionable for Game 3.

Given the amount of time between games in the Eastern Conference Final, if Brassard isn't able to play on Thursday, then there's still a fair chance he'll be available for Game 4. He has four goals and seven points in 15 playoff games.
May 21 - 11:14 AM

Derick Brassard (upper body) is still listed as day-to-day, so his status for Game 3 Thursday night is uncertain.

He said after Saturday's game that the ailment was "nothing serious" and he was able to take part in Monday's morning skate. If Brassard isn't ready to play on Thursday then he'll have some extra time to get ready for Game 4 on Sunday.
May 20 - 3:10 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Derek Stepan
2Derick Brassard
3Dominic Moore
4Chris Mueller
LW1Chris Kreider
2Carl Hagelin
3Ryan Malone
4J.T. Miller
5Tanner Glass
6Matthew Lombardi
7Nick Tarnasky
8Chris Bourque
RW1Martin St. Louis
2Mats Zuccarello
3Rick Nash
4Lee Stempniak
5Jesper Fast
D1Ryan McDonagh
2Daniel Girardi
3Dan Boyle
4Marc Staal
5Kevin Klein
6John Moore
7Matt Hunwick
8Conor Allen
9Mike Kostka
G1Henrik Lundqvist
2Cameron Talbot