Senators trade Derick Brassard to Penguins

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Basically, it's still all about one player.

Over the course of his 11 National Hockey League seasons, the native of Hull, Que., has collected 420 points.

With Pittsburgh, Brassard will likely plug in as the third-line center, alongside Jake Guentzel and Phil Kessel, bumping Riley Sheahan to the fourth line. This team is completely stacked down the middle with Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Brassard centering the top three lines.

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Brassard has 18 goals and 38 points in 58 games this season (0.66 points per game) with the Senators.

He is also a quality playoff performer with 55 points in 78 career postseason games, including 11 points during Ottawa's 19-game playoff run last campaign.

Predictably, the price to land Brassard, the most coveted center on the market, was heavy.

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Pens defenseman Ian Cole was then added to the trade. To pull off the trade, the Penguins had to clear cap space by dealing the 29-year-old, who was popular with teammates and fans. They may have to get another team involved to make that happen because the Senators would have minimal interest in taking that kind of contract back at this juncture.

A first-round pick by the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2006, Brassard has posted 159 goals and 261 assists in his career.

Cole has scored three goals with 10 assists in 47 games with the Penguins in 2017-18. Gustavsson was Sweden's starting goaltender in the 2018 World Junior Championship in Buffalo, N.Y., and was named the tournament's top goaltender after posting a 1.81 goals-against-average and.924 save percentage in six games.

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