January 15, 2019 | 11:20pm ET
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PENGUINS LOOKING TO MOVE BRASSARD

 
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Derick Brassard, centre

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins are actively shopping veteran centre Derick Brassard and it’s believed his tenure with the organization will soon come to an end.

During Tuesday’s edition of the “Insider Trading” segment on TSN, Darren Dreger reported the Penguins are “at least listening to some of the interest in Derick Brassard.”

Brassard, 31, is in the final-year of his contract and can become an unrestricted free agent July 1. The belief is the Penguins are now intent on moving him, but would want to replace his spot in the lineup, either in a trade involving Brassard or in a separate move.

Dreger added “the expectation is that he will get traded and that the Pittsburgh Penguins, at least in return, need a No.3 centre back.”

It’s unlikely, though possible, Penguins GM Jim Rutherford moves Brassard to another team in the Eastern Conference, or at the very least the Metropolitan Division.

The Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars and Winnipeg Jets could all have interest in Brassard, if the right deal presented itself.

[Brassard currently ranks No.15 on TFP’s Top 30 Trade Watch List]

In 36 games with the Penguins so far this season, Brassard has registered seven goals and six assists for 13 points.