Derick Brassard Signs One-Year Deal With Islanders

Former Ranger Returning To New York

Alec Gearty
August 21, 2019 - 5:08 pm
Derick Brassard #18 of the Colorado Avalanche plays against the Florida Panthers in the third period at the Pepsi Center on February 25, 2019

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Derick Brassard is returning to New York.

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Brassard signed a one-year deal worth $1.2 million with the Islanders, the club announced on Wednesday. Brassard, who played in four seasons with the Rangers from 2012-16, found it hard to stay in one place following his time with the Blueshirts. 

Brassard played on three teams in under a year's span last season. He started the year with the Pittsburgh Penguins, but was shipped to Florida midway through the season. The Panthers quickly dealt the veteran to Colorado ten days later at the NHL's trade deadline. The inconsistent path across the Eastern and Western Conferences led the 31-year-old to record a lowly 23 points in 70 games.

Islanders' president of hockey operations and general manager Lou Lamoriello had a relatively quiet and efficient offseason. The Islanders fell short in the Artemi Panarin sweepstakes, but managed to address a few in-house decisions by re-signing captain Anders Lee and Jordan Eberle to seven and five-year deals respectively. Lamoriello also locked Brock Nelson down for six more seasons.

The team also added goaltender Semyon Varlamov to replace the departed Robin Lehner, who ultimately signed a one-year deal with the Blackhawks. Brassard provides the Islanders with much needed depth. He'd be a candidate to fill in as the team's third-line center, according to Newsday's Andrew Gross.

The Columbus Blue Jackets selected Brassard sixth overall in the 2006 NHL Draft. He tallied 451 points in 786 games throughout his 12-year playing career.