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Colorado Avalanche acquire Derick Brassard

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The Avalanche make a splash on deadline day

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Coming into the trade deadline, the Colorado Avalanche had been looking to add to the forward group and they have done just that. The team has acquired Derick Brassard from the Florida Panthers in exchange for a third round draft pick in 2020. It sounds as thought he Avalanche will also receive a 6th round pick as part of the trade as long as the team doesn’t re-sign Brassard this summer.

This is a quality buy-low move for the Avalanche who will bolster the lineup by adding a solid veteran down the middle. The 31-year old has 4 points in 10 games after being traded from Pittsburgh to Florida earlier this season.

A third round pick in 2020 is a very low price to pay for a rental of Brassard’s quality. He is having an off year, but he is a player that has had a ton of success in the past putting up a career high 60 points with the New York Rangers in 2014-15.

With the Panthers in town, Brassard will head down the hallway at the Pepsi Center and is expected to be in the Avalanche lineup tonight.

The sixth overall pick in 2006, Brassard has accumulated 172 goals and 447 points in 766 career NHL games.

Joe Sakic comes off looking really smart with this deal when you realize that there’s next to no difference in the success rate of a 3rd round pick vs a 6th round pick: