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February 18, 2013 | 11:27am ET
Brassard's future in limbo?
TheFourthPeriod.com

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.


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