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Rumor: Pens and Blue Jackets to compete for the services of star center

He's on the market, both teams are looking for a center. Who will win out?

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The Ottawa Senators have made it known that there isn't a single player on their team that can't be had for the right price. Something is wrong with that puzzle, and they may have a couple serious suitors for one of their star players.

Centerman Derick Brassard has played under John Tortorella during his time with the New York Rangers and with them actively searching for a top 6 center since the summer, there is a real fit there. Furthermore, with the rumors of the Pittsburgh Penguins looking to make a major trade in the coming months, their biggest need is a replacement for Nick Bonino on the third line.

Elliotte Friedman, top insider for Sportsnet, discusses the possibility in his latest "31 thoughts" segment.

"Brassard and John Tortorella worked well together with the Rangers. You know who Tortorella’s assistant was there? Mike Sullivan. And the Penguins are looking for a centre, too."

That last part of the quote is the interesting part - Mike Sullivan, current head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins, also has good experience with Brassard, and he could very well discuss this possibility with GM Jim Rutherford.

His last couple of seasons have seen his production drop to 39 points in 2016-17, with a similar pace this season. He currently has 20 points in 32 games, so he should eclipse the 40 point mark this season.

He produced 60 and 58 points in his last two seasons with the Rangers, so Sullivan and Tortorella clearly know how to get the best out of Brassard.

It will definitely be interesting to see how this one shakes out.