Sportsnet hockey insider Sonny Sachdeva suggested five potential trade partners for the Pittsburgh Penguins, and one of them is pretty interesting, considering the need Pittsburgh have at the center position and the disappointing season the Senators have so far.
Sachdeva points out that the Ottawa Senators might be willing to move some big pieces if they keep on struggling the way they are since the beginning of the year. One of the player general manager Pierre Dorion could be dealing later this season is forward Derik Brassard. The return asked for Brassard would certainly involve a lot of pieces, including defensemen Ian Cole and Oli Maatta. We're not saying this deal will happen 100%, but the pieces that can be involved would make sense for both teams.
Brassard, 30, was drafted sixth overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2006. He played 675 games in the NHL with the Blue Jackets, the New York Rangers and the Senators, registering 400 points, and added 55 points in 78 playoff games. This season, the Hull, Quebec native has 18 points in 31 games.
Maatta, 23, was drafted 22nd overall by the Penguins in 2012. He played 254 games in the NHL, registering 78 points. He added 19 points in 56 playoff games. So far this year, the Finnish defenseman has 14 points in 34 games.
Cole, drafted 18th overall by the St.Louis Blues in 2007, played 366 games in the NHL with the Blues and the Penguins, registering 82 points. He added 14 points in 53 playoff games. So far this season, the Ann Arbor, Michigan native produced five points in 28 games, and has a defensive differential of minus five.