Now that Mats Zuccarello and Chris Kreider are remaining in New York, all eyes are on Derick Brassard. The Rangers fans, as a whole, are holding their breaths at the sweet sound of “a contract has been reached.”
Derick Brassard is a key piece to the New York Rangers moving into next season. We all know his accomplishments last year. Not only helping to center a third line that became the Rangers’ most consistent scorers. But he brought a fire and passion to the ice, which electrified Madison Square Garden and Rangers fans everywhere.
The New York Rangers are in need of depth at center. Brad Richards has left via a compliance buyout shortly after the Stanley Cup Final. Brian Boyle has signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning, via free agency. The team has since been able to resign Dominic Moore for two more seasons. Derek Stepan is under contract through this seaon. After, he will become a restricted free agent. There are prospects such as J.T. Miller and Oscar Lindberg. Miller is the most NHL-ready of the two, but still needs polishing. However, they remain unproven. With the addition of Matthew Lombardi in the offseason, this may promote Brassard from the third to the second line. As a result, more playing time and more responsibility.
All these questions should give leverage to Derick Brassard’s case and justify his salary request. As reported by NBCSports.com, Brassard is eyeing a salary of $5.5 million. He’s scored at least 40 points in three of his first seven seasons as an NHL-er. He’s scored 24 points in 35 playoff games played with the New York Rangers, which includes a 2012-2013 playoff performance which saw him a point-per-game in 12 contests.
However, Derick Brassard has seen the post season twice, all with the New York Rangers. None with the Columbus Blue Jacklets, his former team. General manager Glen Sather may make that clear, the Rangers give him the best shot at making the playoffs.
As we have seen with New York Rangers restricted free agents thus far, the team is willing to negotiate till the bitter end.
Time is drawing to end. As of now, Derick Brassard’s arbitration case will be on Monday, July 28th.
Author’s note: On Sunday, 27 July, 2014, RFA Derick Brassard signed a five-year, $25 million contract to remain with the New York Rangers