Slats Continues Smart Off-Season; Rangers Re-Sign Derick Brassard
New York Rangers GM, Glenn “Slats” Sather, is batting 1000 in signing players before arbitration, as he was able to come to terms with center Derick Brassard this Sunday. Brassard’s arbitration hearing was scheduled for Monday, August 28.
Sather inked the very scrappy, very tough and very good center to a five-year deal worth $25 million. This is a very nice payday for Brassard (still 26 years old), after he had a terrific season for the Broadway Blueshirts.
Last season, Brassard scored 18 Goals and totaled 45 Points for the Rangers despite losing some time to injury. In the playoffs, he added 13 Points in 23 Games, including the OT winner against the Penguins in Game 1. The goal that no one thought was in except Brassard himself and TV announcer Kenny Albert. Pierre McGuire, the resident “know it all idiot” of NBC Hockey, said it was not in the net, but once the game was over when Benoit Pouliot scored, someone yelled down to Pierre’s earpiece and told him to take another look. Brassard and Kenny knew it from the start, but the so-called expert, did not.
Brassard also scored the winner in Game 5 at the CONSOL Energy Center. That was the do or die Game 5 the Rangers won after finding out that Marty St. Louis’ Mom France died earlier. That victory turned the series and the Rangers rallied around MSL and clawed back to take the series in seven.
Derick also was the victim of a Montreal Canadiens cheap shot in Game 1 of the ECC, but was able to make it back on the ice by Game 4 and did not skip a beat.
I, for one, am very glad that Slats was able to sign Brassard, to go along with Kreider and Zuccarello; and I cannot wait for training camp to begin. I am missing Hockey terribly!
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