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Penguins finalize trade, acquire Brassard in three-team deal

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Kristopher Love | 24 February, 2018, 06:40

The Senators shipped Brassard, forward Vincent Dunn and a third-round selection in the 2018 draft to the Penguins, who sent goaltending prospect Filip Gustavsson, defenseman Ian Cole, a 2018 first-rounder and a 2019 third-rounder to Ottawa.

BC-HKN-Three-Team Trade, 2nd Ld-Writethru, 412 Penguins pick up Brassard, trade Cole in 3-team dealAP Photo CXA119, CXA104Eds: Updates with Rutherford quotes, background, result of game. The Senators also received goalie Filip Gustavsson and two of the Penguins' draft picks.

The NHL has reportedly rejected the trade forcing the teams to add a third participant to the trade.

According to a Penguins release, Vegas is retaining 40 per cent of Brassard's salary this season.

Brassard, 30, has tallied 18 goals and 20 assists this season, his second in Ottawa after joining the team in a 2016 offseason trade.

He's scored 159 goals and 261 assists in 702 career games.

Pittsburgh is trying to become the first team since the 1982-83 New York Islanders to win three straight Stanley Cups.

With Pittsburgh, Brassard will likely plug in as the third-line center, alongside Jake Guentzel and Phil Kessel, bumping Riley Sheahan to the fourth line. This very well could go down as the most complex trade in National Hockey League history, but the big takeaway from a fantasy perspective is that Brassard is now a member of a Penguins club in pursuit of its third consecutive Stanley Cup championship.

Cole, 29, has recorded three goals and 13 points with 52 penalty minutes in 47 games with the Penguins this season. According to Hockeyfights.com, Reaves has had 62 regular-season fights in his career with St. Louis and Penguins.