Shortly after the Derick Brassard/Mika Zibanejad trade was announced, Renaud Lavoie tweeted that the two sides started talking at the draft and that the "trade didn't happen before because of a $2M bonus Derick Brassard had to receive on July 15."
On TSN1200 yesterday, Dorion said that he first had a conversation with Jeff Gorton in April and then continued to talk around the draft but the price the Rangers were asking was too high.
Asked if the Rangers bonus payment of $2 million delayed the trade, Dorion joked that he was "stalling" the Rangers to get the price down and that the "money didn't have anything to do with it."
Dorion said on the NHL Network yesterday that the signing bonus, "might have played into a bit but the most was that Jeff asking price was significantly higher than what we wanted to pay."
He added though, "I'm not disappointed they paid the $2 million.
Larry Brooks reported on Tuesday that the Rangers agreed to pay the $2 million only if Ottawa would trade their 2018 2nd rounder and that once the Senators agreed to do so the trade was done. (NY Post)
Adam Rotter: Frankly, the $2 million means almost nothing to the Rangers but means a lot to the Senators who are usually on a budget of sorts. Since the money means nothing to the Rangers, they sat Wade Redden and his big salary in the minors for two seasons, it's nice that they were able to extract a second round pick out of the deal. I'm sure at a certain point the Rangers were asking for a first or more to pay out the bonus but a second round pick is a pretty nice get along with a player like Zibanejad.