An update on Columbus’ Derick Brassard, dismissing the possibility of the Oilers trading Sam Gagner, and Canucks GM Mike Gillis comments on a rumor he’s shopping Roberto Luongo.


Will Derick Brassard be dealt this season?

COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Michael Arace reports sooner or later, the Blue Jackets will trade center Derick Brassard, because his career has stalled, and recent comments made by his agent, lashing out at Brassard’s handling under head coach Scott Arniel. Arace acknowledge Brassard’s trade value hasn’t soared this season because of his poor production and recent scratches from the lineup, but suspects Brassard’s $3.2 million per season cap hit could “look better in the coming months”.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t doubt there is some interest in the 24-year-old Brassard, who might thrive if he were playing elsewhere, but it’s not just his cap hit for this season that’s a stumbling block, but also that it has two more seasons after this one, making him an expensive gamble. That’s why I have my doubts he could be moved during this season, though I could see him being dealt in the off-season, when teams have more cap space and willingness to absorb contracts like Brassard’s. Still, I can acknowledge the possibility the Jackets accept another “bad contract” in exchange for Brassard’s. 

EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples reported Oilers forward Sam Gagner has shown improvement in recent game, doubting the Oilers would part with him, as he remains a valuable depth player.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Staples acknowledged if the right offer came along the Oilers could consider moving Gagner, but I agree that if he continues to improve the Oilers probably won’t move him.

TSN’s Ryan Rishaug recently “tweeted” the reaction of Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis regarding trade rumors about goalie Roberto Luongo: “Not a chance”.