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Derick Brassards trades from Ottawa to Vegas then Pittsburgh

Derick Brassards trades from Ottawa to Vegas then Pittsburgh

 un-fun cluster of confusion.,Usually, blockbuster NHL trades are fun. But every now and then, a Stanley Cup-hungry team confined to its salary cap attempts an "improper use of salary retention mechanism" and the whole thing devolves into a complicated

 a three-team trade including the Golden Knights finally gained league approval.,That was the case Friday when the Penguins pulled off a trade for Senators center Derick Brassard , six players, one of the more coveted forwards available at this year's NHL trade deadline. If only things were so simple. News of an agreement between Pittsburgh and Ottawa initially broke in the afternoon. Seven hours, four draft picks and one NHL veto later

 which was necessary to fit him under Pittsburgh's cap. Vegas also gave up forward prospect Tobias Lindberg as part of the deal.,If you're wondering, "What do the Golden Knights have to do with this?" well, that's a good question. Vegas acquired Ryan Reaves and a 2018 fourth-round draft pick (via the Canucks) from the Penguins in exchange for retaining 40 percent of Brassard's salary

 the Senators traded Brassard to the Knights,Basically, who in turn ate some cash before flipping the 30-year-old over to the Penguins.

Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford called this "the most complex trade I've made."

 Pittsburgh is the big winner in this trade. The Pens paid a high price,That's what happens when you have to find a friend to help circumvent the salary cap. All told, but also received a 2018 third-round draft pick from Ottawa and a pair of forward prospects: Lindberg and Vincent Dunn.

 no foul. They went back to the drawing board and got it done.,The initial agreement with the Senators rankled the league office, which rejected the offer due to an "improper use of salary retention mechanism," according to TSN's Pierre LeBrun . No harm

 Rutherford managed an upgrade through Brassard and the trade for Riley Sheahan earlier this year.,The bottom line is Rutherford got his guy. Brassard, should the Penguins find a way to keep him. He's a bonafide second-line center who slots in behind Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, has 18 goals and 38 points in 58 games and is under contract through 2018-19, 30,[url=http://www.flyershockeyshop.com/adidas-wayne-simmonds-jersey]adidas Wayne Simmonds jersey[/url], which shouldn't be fair. Filling that spot has been a season-long mission after losing Nick Bonino and Matt Cullen in free agency. Like clockwork

All together now: The Penguins are once again the team to beat in the Eastern Conference in their bid to three-peat.

 but it's tradition nonetheless. We can't get enough.,The NHL's trade deadline is the sports mecca for rumor mongering. For weeks leading up to the most frenetic day in hockey, speculation consumes us. Much of it is farfetched,[url=http://www.flyershockeyshop.com/adidas-claude-giroux-jersey]adidas Claude Giroux jersey[/url], even flat-out nuts

 though. For the first time in recent memory,This year's deadline feels different than years past, there's a very good chance a bona fide superstar changes teams .

 it's no longer a pipe dream. The hockey world will watch and wait to see if it actually happens.,Erik Karlsson's situation in Ottawa has deteriorated to a point of no return. Nine months ago,[url=http://www.flyershockeyshop.com/adidas-shayne-gostisbehere-jersey]adidas Shayne Gostisbehere jersey[/url], arguably the world's best player not named Crosby or McDavid, it was unfathomable to imagine Karlsson, as he willed the Senators within one win of the Stanley Cup Final, playing anywhere else the rest of his career. But due to a cavalcade of organizational missteps

 Ryan McDonagh and more are still in play.,[url=http://www.penguinsofficialhockey.com/adidas-sidney-crosby-jersey]Authentic Sidney Crosby jersey[/url],While Karlsson's name is the one on everyone's lips, rental players and those with term alike. Evander Kane, there ought to be plenty more trades to go around. A handsome return for Rick Nash on Sunday by the Rangers set the market for teams looking to add a top-six forward, Mike Hoffman

Teams have until 3 p.m. ET to report trades to the league office,[url=http://www.penguinsofficialhockey.com/adidas-matt-murray-jersey]adidas Sidney Crosby jersey[/url], though news of some of the last-minute transactions may leak out shortly after the deadline.

The 2018 NHL trade deadline will arrive Monday at 3 p.m. ET. The activity has already started to pick up in recent days, with the Pittsburgh Penguins acquiring Derick Brassard as part of a three-team swap and the New Jersey Devils getting Michael Grabner in a deal with the New York Rangers.

Since the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pens have already bolstered their roster, the onus is on other contenders around the league to keep pace. That's good news for front offices looking to sell after falling out of playoff contention.

Let's check out some of the latest rumors from around the league and analyze what it could mean for the players and teams involved before the deadline-day frenzy.

 they can't afford to lose him for nothing.,Dealing Erik Karlsson, but it's a move they may be forced to make sometime in the next year. His contract is set to run out after next season, isn't an ideal endgame for the Ottawa Senators, who is one of the league's most valuable players, and with no extension imminent

Trading him before the deadline has become a more realistic outcome in recent weeks. Ottawa has faded from the postseason hunt, and the 27-year-old defenseman would command a greater return with a year left on his contract than he would as a rental in 12 months' time.

Travis Yost of TSN reported the Senators are looking into a potential three- or four-team trade in order to maximize the number of suitors by spreading the money around. In addition, the front office is trying to include Bobby Ryan's bloated $7.25 million cap hit in the deal.

 the Tampa Bay Lightning still feel like the most logical fit for Karlsson. They are a championship contender with a ridiculous amount of talent up front,All told, led by Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos. Picking up another high-end blueliner could put them over the top.

 which could lead to some veteran players' departures,The New York Rangers sit in the Metropolitan Division basement, including the likes of Ryan McDonagh and winger Rick Nash.

 the 28-year-old's contract expires after the 2018-19 campaign. So New York must at least consider moving him now or during the offseason,Like Karlsson, when they should be able to recoup some serious future assets in a trade.

 who's tallied 26 points in 49 games this season. The Bruins are waiting to see whether the asking prices falls before the deadline,Pierre LeBrun of TSN reported the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins are among the potential landing spots for the defenseman, though.

Toronto is an intriguing fit since its up-and-down defensive play has wasted some strong performances from Auston Matthews and the team's young, dynamic offense. McDonagh would bring much-needed defensive stability and leadership to the organization.

 engages in the physical side of the game and can bring 68 games of postseason experience to a team looking for a little insurance on the back end down the stretch.,He's a limited offensive contributor, as his career high of 23 points in a season indicates,[url=http://www.flyershockeyshop.com/adidas-wayne-simmonds-jersey]Authentic Wayne Simmonds jersey[/url], but he's reliable in his own zone

TSN's Darren Dreger told WGR 550 that Buffalo general manager Jason Botterill has discussed the 33-year-old Canadian with a "few teams" leading up to the deadline.

 who are battling for a wild-card berth despite being among the league's worst defensive clubs,A team like the New York Islanders, could benefit from taking what should be a relatively cheap flier on Gorges.

The Carolina Hurricanes learned Friday afternoon that center Jordan Staal would not be in the lineup against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

 the Canes couldn’t slow down the streaking Penguins,[url=http://www.flyershockeyshop.com/adidas-claude-giroux-jersey]Authentic Claude Giroux jersey[/url],The Hurricanes said Staal would miss the game for personal and family reasons. Without Staal, losing 6-1 at PNC Arena to extend their winless streak to four games.

 an active defense and goalie Matt Murray looking sharp in net.,In truth,[url=http://www.flyershockeyshop.com/adidas-shayne-gostisbehere-jersey]Authentic Shayne Gostisbehere jersey[/url], the Pens are looking very much like a team that could win a third straight Stanley Cup,[url=http://www.flyershockeyshop.com/adidas-nolan-patrick-jersey]adidas Nolan Patrick jersey[/url], who have won six straight and are 7-0-1 in their last eight games. With each passing week, even with Staal the Canes might have struggled against the Pens (36-23-4), with scoring balance throughout the lines

 and Murray did his part with 27 saves.,[url=http://www.penguinsofficialhockey.com/adidas-sidney-crosby-jersey]adidas Sidney Crosby jersey[/url],Phil Kessel had two goals and an assist, and Jake Guentzel and Evgeni Malkin a goal and two assists apiece for the Pens. Sidney Crosby scored, as did defenseman Olli Maatta

“They capitalized on our mistakes,[url=http://www.penguinsofficialhockey.com/adidas-matt-murray-jersey]Authentic Sidney Crosby jersey[/url],” Canes coach Bill Peters said. “We made enough mistakes and they make you pay. When you make mistakes against this team it ends up in the back of the net. And that’s what they did.”

Despite the loss, the Canes (27-24-10) remained one point out of playoff position in the Eastern Conference with the NHL trade deadline coming up Monday. Carolina plays at Detroit on Saturday and Peters said he did not think Staal would make the trip.

 was all but decided after the first 30 minutes. The Pens led 4-1 as the Riley Sheahan line with Kessel and Guentzel on the wings dominated most of their shifts.,[url=http://www.flyershockeyshop.com/adidas-nolan-patrick-jersey]Authentic Nolan Patrick jersey[/url],the game, played before a lively crowd of 18,182 at PNC Arena