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Rumor: Penguins and Blue Jackets trying to get the same player.

A trade battle between two contenders.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins and the Columbus Blue Jackets are both looking to improve their line ups with a big trade, but they both have a big problem. 

According to a report from Sportsnet insider Elliotte Friedman, the two National Hockey League franchises may have the same player in their crosshairs, Ottawa Senators' veteran center Derrick Brassard.

Friedman believes that the connections Brassard has to both teams, and more specifically to their head coaches, is part of the reason the two organizations have interest in Brassard. 

While Brassard was having success as a center for the New York Rangers the head coach of that team was current Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella. And in a very interesting twist of fate, one of the assistant coaches for the Rangers at the time was current Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan.

The problem of course for both teams is that competition between one another will drive up the price for Brassard, something that the struggling Ottawa Senators, who would be dealing from a position of weakness, are likely thrilled about. 

Both teams need a top-9 center to held solidify their current core group of forwards, but only one team will have the chance to succesfully trade for Brassard. 

Where do you think he ends up?