When a top player like Derick Brassard is available, it’s no surprise that teams would be offering him good quality deals. At 31, he has a huge amount left to offer many NHL teams – and now he’ll be offering his qualities to the New York Islanders. Signing for the club on Wednesday, the 31-year-old center completed his move and looks set to be a key part of their plans moving forward.
Last year, he played for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Florida Panthers, and the Colorado Avalanche. He also played in the Stanley Cup play-offs for the Avalanche, playing well. Speaking about his latest move, Brassard said: “It was a long process, obviously, and I just had to be patient with everything. I had a rough season last year, bouncing around teams,
“I met with [general manager Lou Lamoriello] and [coach Barry Trotz] a few weeks back in New York, and when I look back on everything, I thought it was the best opportunity for me to be successful and help the team to win some games and get back to my old self.”
“I know I can help this team. I had a bad eight or nine months. I felt like I played some good hockey the last couple of years, but for sure, people are going to think about what just happened. But for me, I’m just going to try to move on from that season and use it as motivation and come back even stronger. I think it was pretty much the first summer in a little while that I had no surgeries, no injuries, nothing, so I could focus training, skating and everything.”
Despite being traded around last year, it looks like Brassard might have finally have a home for the medium-term. Despite only being a single year deal, impressive performances could almost certainly lead to an extension. He has plenty still to offer at NHL level, and could be a bit of a coup for the Islanders this year.