Brassard, Kuba and Bernier – Trade Chatter.
There is some chatter going on out there about the Sens. The story remains active around Brassard, but I’m told CBJ wants a goaltender in return and have had delusions that Brassard, along with Mason, would be the pieces that would secure them a legit #1. So far no takers, as the LAK are un-willing to play along, and Bernier was the #1 target of the Jackets.
So now what?
Well, the Jackets might now be more willing to make a money move, and be content with the shedding of Brassards salary as the return on any deal involving the repeated healthy scratch. Inversely, this forces the team acquiring Brassard to assume the contract, but not move equivalent money back. Think Brassard for Lee, not that I’m suggesting that is a deal being discussed, just a contract example.
Kuba might be garnering some interest from the Hawks, who cleared salary in hopes of landing a top tier defenseman, which Kuba might satisfy, especially with his solid play of late, and the un-willingness of teams to move truly top end defensemen.
If Murray could swing Kuba to CHI, for a prospect and or pick, while landing Brassard for a minor prospect (say Jakub Culek), and this might work for the Senators.
Just spit balling here, but there is some trade chatter about all of these NHL players.