In the deal, the Penguins also received forward Vincent Dunn and a 2018 third-round pick from the Senators and forward prospect Tobias Lindberg from the Golden Knights.
The Golden Knights added some grit to their lineup courtesy of the Penguins, as the 31-year-old Reaves is a big veteran who is willing to drop the gloves. Vegas is believed to be involved so that they can retain some of Brassard's salary, so that the deal can work financially for the Pens. According to the Penguins, Brassard is signed through next season with an average annual salary of $5 million.
This season with Ottawa, Brassard has 18 goals and 38 points in 58 games.
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Rutherford said when he had been asked previously about acquiring Brassard, "the answer's always been, 'No, ' because we really didn't think we could figure out how to fit him under the cap". He has 159 goals and 261 assists in 702 regular-season games in 11 seasons with Columbus, the New York Rangers and the Senators.
Though the 30-year-old often centered the second line for Ottawa this season, he'll likely see himself slide to a bottom-six forward role with Pittsburgh, given Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin occupy the center on the top two lines. You just have to go out there and play.
Cole, 29, has recorded 13 points (three goals and 10 assists) and 52 penalty minutes in 47 games with the Penguins this season. This guy can play, and he will be able to help us out. Any move involving the two-time Norris Trophy victor would require a massive return in draft picks and players or prospects.