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Islanders Reportedly Closing in on Deal With Free Agent Derick Brassard

SAN JOSE, CA - MAY 08:  Derick Brassard #18 of the Colorado Avalanche skates with control of the puck against the San Jose Sharks during the third period in Game Seven of the Western Conference Second Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at SAP Center on May 8, 2019 in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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While most of the big names in NHL Free Agency signed long ago, some bargain buys remain.

Former New York Ranger Derick Brassard could take his talents cross-town, with the Islanders showing significant interest and expected to sign the speedy center.

Brassard has struggled to live up to the lofty expectations placed upon him ever since he was traded from the Senators to the Pittsburgh Penguins a few seasons ago. Since then, he's been dealt to the Florida Panthers and then Colorado Avalanche only to see his time and production melt away like your local rink come springtime.

With three teams last season (Pittsburgh, Florida, and Colorado), Brassard managed a measly 23 points, a far cry from his career best 60 in 2014-15.

Edmonton was initially viewed as a potential new home for Brassard, as he'll likely come on the cheap and has the potential to be a solid third-line contributor in the right system.

Instead, this is just another example of an excellent flyer taken by Lou Lamoriello and the Isles. What else is new?