Anaheim Ducks Boston Bruins Buffalo Sabres Calgary Flames Carolina Hurricanes Chicago Blackhawks Colorado Avalanche Columbus Blue Jackets Dallas Stars Detroit Red Wings Edmonton Oilers Florida Panthers Los Angeles Kings Minnesota Wild Montreal Canadiens Nashville Predators New Jersey Devils New York Islanders New York Rangers Ottawa Senators Philadelphia Flyers Phoenix Coyotes Pittsburgh Penguins San Jose St. Louis Blues Tampa Bay Lightning Toronto Maple Leafs Vancouver Canucks Washington Capitals Winnipeg Jets
Magazine Schedule Rumors Rankings Teams Headlines Lifestyle Rookie Watch Ice Girls Videos TFP Radio Subscribe
Bookmark and Share
February 18, 2013 | 11:27am ET
Brassard's future in limbo?

Blue Jackets center Derick Brassard has been the subject of several trade discussions over the last two seasons, and his name has come up again this year.

Brassard, 25, was almost traded last season, but a deal fell apart and the Blue Jackets later made a coaching change, which gave the native of Hull, Quebec new life.

However, prior to Columbus' firing of GM Scott Howson, Brassard's name popped up yet again around the league.

It's unclear if Howson was dangling him as trade bait, as other teams had made inquiries, but Brassard's future with the Blue Jackets now rests in the hands of new GM Jarmo Kekalainen.

Kekalainen is expected to meet with his new team on Wednesday in Detroit, as he's been in Finland waiting on a work visa.

Columbus' new GM has had time to review his roster, but wants to see things first hand before making any significant roster moves.

With three first-round draft picks in this summer's draft, Kekalainen can get very creative in the moves he makes, should he pull the trigger on any major trades.

While Brassard was never a fit alongside Rick Nash in Columbus, the team has yet to find him a capable lineup to gel with.

Drafted sixth-overall by the Blue Jackets in 2006, Brassard's eye for the net and playmaking abilities should put him in a position to succeed with a crafty goal-scorer, something Columbus has been lacking.

In 15 games with the Blue Jackets so far this season, Brassard has registered two goals and six assists for eight points, placing him in a tie with Brandon Dubinsky for most points among team forwards.

Fantasy Hockey  Check out TFP's partnership with
Extras  NHL Player Photo Shoots | Exclusive NHL lifestyle stories
Magazine  Get to know your favorite players. Subscribe to Hockey's Lifestyle Magazine today!

Join US



TFP Newsletter

Contact Us | Jobs @ TFP | Our Team | Advertise | Privacy Policy
© 2013 TFP Media, Inc. | All Rights Reserved | The Fourth Period™ and Ice Girls™ are registered trademarks.