Breaking Down Derick Brassard’s New Contract with New York Rangers

July 27th, 2014 by Tom Urtz Jr. Leave a reply »

Derick Brassard is going to be a New York Ranger for the foreseeable future, as it was announced Sunday that he had signed a five-year, $25 million deal, according to Larry Brooks of the New York Post:

Brassard and the Rangers were scheduled to meet in arbitration Monday, July 28, and the two sides were about $1 million apart, according to the CBC's Elliotte Friedman.

Friedman later tweeted that a deal was close but not yet finalized:

No matter the case, it appears a deal will be finalized shortly, and it will certainly impact the roster going forward.

This deal gives the Rangers' current No. 2 center a raise financially, but it is fair to say that expectations will rise as well. Brassard had a great year under the Rangers' newest bench boss, Alain Vigneault, and the expectation is that he can step up and fill the void left by Brad Richards on the ice.

The new deal ensures that Brassard could be a Ranger until age 31, but is it a deal that the Rangers should have made? Initially, there will be some who complain about it, but there is little reason to complain e ...

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