George McPhee helped Pittsburgh land Derick Brassard so he didn’t end up on a Western Conference team
The surging Pittsburgh Penguins just landed a useful asset ahead of the February 26 trade deadline and they got a lot of help from former Capitals general manager George McPhee.
After the NHL nixed a deal earlier in the evening, the Penguins, Senators and Golden Knights completed a complex three-team trade around 9:30 pm.
The Penguins landed center Derick Brassard, a 2018 third-round draft pick, and prospect forward Vincent Dunn from the Senators and prospect forward Tobias Lindberg from the Golden Knights. Meanwhile, the Senators received goaltending prospect Filip Gustavsson, defenseman Ian Cole, and a 2018 first-round pick and a 2019 third-round pick. The Golden Knights got tough guy Ryan Reaves and a 2018 fourth-round draft pick in return. Vegas will also retain 30% of Brassard’s salary even though he will never play a game for them.
According to Sportnet’s John Shannon, who first reported the TJ Oshie extension last summer, the first-place Golden Knights got involved so that Brassard would stay out of the Western Conference.