The Rangers have traded center Derick Brassard and a 7th round pick in 2018 to Ottawa for Mika Zibanejad and a second round pick in 2018.
Zibanejad, 23, had 51 points for Ottawa last season and set career highs in:
- Games played (81)
- Goals (21)
- Assists (30)
- Points (51)
- Game-winning goals (7)
- Faceoff win percentage (50.5; 659-for-1,306)
Zibanejad has a cap hit of $2.625 for next season and is an RFA after the season.
In 281 NHL games, Zibanejad has 64 goals, 87 assists, a minus 11 rating, 17:46 per game, a career 48.9% FO win percentage and 475 hits.
He has 8 points in 16 career playoff games.
With the trade, the Rangers save $2.37 million in cap space.
He was ranked 11th by The Hockey News in the 2011 draft and was selected sixth overall by Ottawa.
Last season he saw 1:25 per game on the PK.
According to Renaud Lavoie, the Rangers and Senators had been talking about this trade dating back to the draft but it was held off until after the Rangers paid Brassard a $2 million dollar bonus on July 15.
Adam Rotter: I think this is a tough trade for people to digest right away because Brassard has been one of the Rangers best forwards since he was initially acquired and Zibanejad is not a player a lot of people know about. He certainly isn't a household name right now but he certainly has the potential to be a household name with the Rangers.
In Zibanejad the Rangers pick up a younger, bigger, cheaper player who has improved every season and put up almost the same number of points that Brassard did last season. He's a talented young player who seemed to have some ups and downs in Ottawa and will face a different kind of pressure coming to the Rangers and replacing an extremely loved player. In the short-term the Rangers pick up cap space, change their core and bring in a young/developing player. In the long-term the Rangers will likely have to pay Zibanejad more than the $5 million Brassard had per season, but I think they will be okay with that if Zibanejad turns into the player they obviously hope he can be.