As 30 general managers continue to circle the Ottawa Senators‘ roster approaching a trade deadline that could see the Canadian club sell off a few elite pieces, one of the team’s best shared his own feelings regarding a potential change of scenery. Pressed for comment on a possible trade in the near future, centreman Derick Brassard told The Columbus Dispatch‘s George Richards that while he’s focused on playing well for Ottawa at the moment, he’s open to plying his trade for another club as well, if need be. “Let’s say it it this way: I will play hockey anywhere,” Brassard told Richards on Friday morning. Currently lining up as the Senators’ No. 2 centre, Brassard has a modified no-trade clause (allowing him to list eight teams to which he would not accept a trade, according to CapFriendly) and one more year on his contract, paying him $5 million annually. Asked if he’d consider a move to Columbus, where he played the first six years of his career, Brassard made it clear the Blue Jackets are certainly an option. “I’ll play anywhere. I wouldn’t refuse to go anywhere in the world or anywhere in the East,” Brassard said. “I have really good memories of playing in Columbus, we had a lot of fun.” Preparing to line up against his old team on Friday evening, Brassard said he still looks fondly upon the organization that gave him his start in the big leagues.
Senators' Brassard open to possible trade
Sportsnet | Dec 30