Earlier this week we looked at Derick Brassard as a cheap unrestricted free agent signing for the Arizona Coyotes. It looks like the deal is official, with Craig Morgan reporting a one-year deal for $1 million.
Per league source, Brassard's 1-year salary is $1 million, not $1.2 as I previously reported. @CapFriendly reported the correct amount first. https://t.co/p5lvKzGq8V— Craig Morgan (@CraigSMorgan) December 30, 2020
Brassard was originally drafted sixth overall in 2006 by the Columbus Blue Jackets. Since being drafted he has played for the New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins, Florida Panthers, Colorado Avalanche, and New York Islanders.
Last season Brassard played 66 regular-season games with the Islanders, netting 10 goals and 22 assists. He also played 18 games in the post-season and had 2 goals and 6 assists.
After trading Derek Stepan to the Ottawa Senators for a second-round pick, the Coyotes could use another center.
While there were internal options for the team, signing Brassard means the team isn't going to need to worry about rushing Barrett Hayton and move him immediately to center. A one year deal will also prevent the team from being bogged down long term.
UPDATE: Article originally listed Brassard's salary at $1.2 million. Tweet and amount has been updated.