The Winnipeg Jets and the Pittsburgh Penguins may be revisiting a nearly year old trade deal.
On a recent segment for TSN, TSN National Hockey League insider Pierre LeBrun revealed that the possibility of a trade involving both the Jets and the Penguins was very much back on the table and that it once again featured forward Derick Brassard as the major piece. This is of course a trade deal that was heavily rumored prior to the 2018 National Hockey League trade deadline although at the end of the day the Jets made a surprise move when they acquired veteran center Paul Stastny instead.
That move of course turned out to be extremely fruitful for the Jets as Stastny played very well for them down the stretch as well as during the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs. That being said though the Jets would lose Stastny during the offseason to free agency and the hole that he had once filled in their line up has once again been left with a vacancy. LeBrun believes that Brassard remains an option on the Jets radar although he did admit that there are additional possibilities as well.
Brassard's form has not been the same since he joined the Pittsburgh Penguins however and in spite of that it sounds like the cost to acquire him from the Penguins may be prohibitive for the Jets at this time. LeBrun heavily hinted at the fact that the Penguins are simply seeking too much of a return for Brassard at this time, although with roughly a month left before the actual trade deadline there is still time for Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford to move off that price. That being said though the Penguins are themselves in somewhat of a "win now" mode as well, given that their window with players like Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin is beginning to shrink, so whether or not he would be willing to come down on a player that could help his team in the post season remains to be seen.
Through 39 regular season games this season the 31 year old Penguins center has 8 goals and 6 assists for 14 points, 14 penalty minutes and is a plus minus -7.