Another has passed, another arbitration date has been avoided by the New York Rangers. The team announced Sunday, that they had signed forward Derick Brassard to a long-term contract. While the details were not disclosed, it is reportedly for five years, and will have an average annual value of $5 million. Brassard’s deal is also believed to contain a limited no-trade clause.
The Rangers and Brassard were scheduled to have an arbitration hearing on Monday. With his signing, the Rangers were able to avoid arbitration with all three of their players that had scheduled a hearing; having agreed to deals with both Mats Zuccarello and Chris Kreider. The Rangers have not actually gone to arbitration with a player since 2009.
The Rangers acquired Brassard, along with defenseman John Moore and Derek Dorsett from the Columbus Blue Jackets in April 2013, in exchange for sniper Marian Gaborik. In his first full season with New York, Brassard had 18 goals and 45 assists last year; adding 12 points in 23 playoff contests. In 403 career games, the 26-year-old center has 81 goals and 225 points.
Ranking fourth on the team in scoring last season, Brassard’s importance to the Rangers figures to increase in the coming year; as he will be counted upon to help offset the loss of center Brad Richards, who joined the Chicago Blackhawks after being bought out by the Blueshirts.
With Brassard locked up, Moore is the only restricted free agent remaining on their NHL roster. They do have two minor league prospects left unsigned as well in Ryan Bourque and Danny Kristo; both of whom were extended qualifying offers.