Dynasty Hockey League

Brassard headed to the Capital

With the Trade Deadline approaching and the Capitals sitting 7 points out of a playoff spot, Washington GM Todd Westacott went out and made a move to land a legitmate top 6 offensive center in Derick Brassard.

“So far we haven’t seen a lot of names floating around that we felt could help us make a push for a playoff spot this year, as well as help the franchise in upcoming seasons as well. Derick gave us the opportunity to add an offensive top 6 forward, who could play center and still had a good number of RFA seasons remaining.” said Westacott.

Going the other way in the deal is center Tommy Wingels, goaltending prospect Mark Visentin, the Y20 Philadelphia 1st round pick and $2 million dollars.

“Tommy Wingels is a good hard working hockey player that we liked but didnt really fit the role that we needed to fill. His game is very similar to Nick Bonino and we needed someone with more of an offensive skill set to play on one of our top two lines. Visentin is a good young kid who has a lot of potential but with Brayden Holtby locked in as our guy in net for the foreseeable future and Grubauer and Mazanec waiting in the wings our goaltender situation was getting crowded. We also wanted to avoid moving any potential lottery picks. This deal allowed us to bring in our offensive center without weakening our team in another area or moving a significant future piece.”

Brassard is not expected to be in the Capitals lineup tonight in Dallas, and will instead head to Washington to make his debut against the Sharks towmorrow evening at home. It is anticipated that he will lineup between David Perron and Craig Smith on the top line.

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