4/26/17 | 2:14PM: Mats Zuccarello was asked about Brassard on Wednesday and said, "Who? I don't know him." (NYR)
4/25/17 | 5:29PM: While speaking about the Senators on Tuesday, Alain Vigneault said that he he was going to remind his team that for the next two weeks they are not friends with former teammate Derick Brassard.
Vigneault said that Brassard has been a very good play and someone that the Rangers will need to play "hard" and play "smart."
Brassard leads Ottawa in points in the playoffs with 8 points in 6 games.
Ottawa GM Pierre Dorion said yesterday that this series should not dictate whether this was a good trade or not for either team.
In the regular season Brassard had 14 goals and 29 assists in 81 games, down from the 27 goals and 31 assists he had for the Rangers last year.
Dorion noted that metrics the Senators have internally indicate that Brassard had a strong regular season though Pierre McGuire said on TSN Radio earlier in the week that Brassard had a bad regular season.
When Brassard returned to MSG earlier in the season, Alain Vigneault said "from management to teammates to coaches, everybody liked Derick. He was a guy who played extremely well for us, was extremely committed to the group and his teammates. But hockey is a business and by making that move we were able to sign three players and in a cap era you are forced to make decisions that are hard and it's somebody that is performing and well liked but it permitted us to sign three guys, permitted us to get a younger prospect that we felt was on the upswing and a draft pick. It was something that for the whole organization was hard to do but it was something we had to do."
Adam Rotter: No one knows what Derick Brassrd can do in the playoffs better than this Rangers coaching staff and group of players. He scored so many big goals, made so many big plays and will now be attempting to do all of those things against the Rangers. Similar to like when the Rangers played Tampa Bay and Ryan Callahan, Anton Stralman and Brian Boyle in 2015 there will be a couple of moments, at least for me, where it doesn't compute that Brassard has the puck and is going in against the Rangers, not for the Rangers. In the end though, Brassard had many great moments with the Rangers but now it's time for them to continue trying to make new moments without him.