NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The New York Rangers acquired up-and-coming center Mika Zibanejad from Ottawa on Monday, but they gave up one of their top scorers in the process.
The sixth overall pick in the 2011 draft, Zibanejad registered 51 points last season (21 goals and 30 assists). The previous season, he had 20 goals and 26 assists.
Brassard, 28, who was acquired in 2013 in a trade with Columbus, spent three-plus seasons in New York and ranked second on the team in points the past two years. He had 27 goals — a career high — and 31 assists (58 points) this past season, trailing only Mats Zuccarello.
Brassard was due to count $5 million against the salary cap next season, while Zibanejad has a $2.625 million cap hit.