Derick Brassard C NYR 2 Months

Derick Brassard and the New York Rangers have agreed to terms on a new contract, thus avoiding a salary-arbitration hearing.

There are reports that the contract is worth $25 million for five years. Brassard, 27 in September, had been a restricted free agent. His arbitration session with the Rangers was scheduled for Monday. Brassard had a career-high 18 goals in 81 games last season for the Rangers. He also scored 45 points, which ranked fourth on the team. He also tied for fourth on the team with 12 points in the post-season. In 403 games with the Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets, Brassard has 81 goals and 225 points. He is likely to serve as the Rangers' second-line center next season, behind Derek Stepan.

Derick Brassard C NYR 2 Months

Derek Brassard is seeking $4.95 million while the New York Rangers have submitted $3.825 million as their proposed salary in the arbitration process for the center.

Their arbitration hearing is scheduled for Monday but they'll undoubtedly be negotiating on the weekend to see if they can come to terms so they can avoid the session. Back on July 17, word surfaced that Brassard wanted $5.5 million while former restricted free agent Mats Zuccarello asked for $4.5 million. Zuccarello already settled for $3.5 million and avoided arbitration, while it obviously at least looks like Brassard will receive at least a bit more money than the Rangers' 2013-14 regular season scoring leader. Brassard scored 18 goals and 45 points in 81 regular season games before collecting 12 points in 23 playoff contests last season. He's likely to be counted on quite a bit more in 2014-15 after the team's summer of turnover at the center position.

Derick Brassard C NYR 2 Months

Derick Brassard reportedly wants around $5.5 million annually on a long-term deal.

The New York Rangers might end up giving him something in that ballpark and avoid arbitration with him in the process. Brassard could end up getting $4.5 million to $4.75 million awarded to him if the two sides aren't able to avoid arbitration. He has 18 goals and 45 points in 81 contests last season.

Derick Brassard C NYR 2 Months

Derick Brassard has his arbitration date set.

Brassard will have his hearing on July 28 unless he is able to agree to terms with the New York Rangers. He had 45 points and 46 penalty minutes in 81 contests last season.

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Derick Brassard has filed for salary arbitration.

The restricted free agent will continue to work with the Rangers on a new contract, so his arbitration hearing will serve as a last resort. Brassard scored a career high 18 goals and produced 45 points in 81 games last year.

Derick Brassard C NYR 3 Months

Derick Brassard will be looking to cash in as he is only one year away from unrestricted free agency.

Brassard is a restricted free agent this off-season and if the Rangers are unable to sign him to a long-term deal, he could be dealt elsewhere as New York would like to get some value while he still has a year remaining. Brassard had 18 goals and 45 points in the regular season and added six goals and six assists in 23 playoff games.

Derick Brassard C NYR 3 Months

Derick Brassard feels that it's easy to play when you have "nothing to lose."

"We're just going to try to steal a game," he said. The Rangers are behind 3-1 in the series. The team is trying to play more confidently with the lead in games after blowing two-goal advantages in Games 1 and 2. "When you have the lead, you don't want to make mistakes and you're on your heels a bit," Brassard added. "No matter what happens, we need to be on our toes. We need to make strong decisions; when we don't skate, we don't play well." He has contributed a goal and two assists in his past three outings to give him 12 points in 22 playoff matches.

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Derick Brassard scored once and added an assist in a losing effort Saturday.

Brassard now has six goals and 11 points in the post-season as his line alongside Mats Zuccarello and Benoit Pouliot were a plus-six in the contest.

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Derick Brassard scored once as he returned to action after missing Games 2 and 3 with an upper body injury.

Brassard's slapshot in the second stanza eluded Montreal goaltender Dustin Tokarski to give the Rangers a 2-1 lead at the time. It was Brassard's fifth goal of the playoffs and he now has eight points in 16 games.

Derick Brassard C NYR 4 Months

Derick Brassard (upper body) has proclaimed himself fit to play in Game 4 versus Montreal on Sunday night.

He said he's 100 percent after he was hurt early into Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final on a hit by Canadiens defenseman Mike Weaver. Brassard missed Games 2 and 3 of the series as a result, but his return comes at a fortunate time with the Rangers likely to be without Derek Stepan for Game 4.