Walsh released a statement attacking former Blue Jackets coach Scott Arniel saying that the coach was trying to make Brassard out to be the scapegoat for the team’s struggles. Walsh said that he wasn’t advocating for Brassard to be traded, but this caused Brassard’s name to be frequently mentioned as a player who could be moved.
Arniel was fired during that season, GM Scott Howson was fired earlier this season and Brassard was sent out of Columbus at the trade deadline as part of the Marian Gaborik trade.
On being traded, Brassard told Ranger Rants “I can’t explain how excited I am to be here, to have a new start, a new fresh start. I felt like the past couple of days, I felt like a new energy, a new emotion for the game. I’m a really passionate guy. To be here, I can’t describe it.”
He told the NY Post that he was looking at his move to the Rangers as a “new start” for him and his career.
Rick Nash told the NY Post that he felt Brassard needed a change of scenery and that the move to the Rangers will be a good one for him.
Nash, who played with Brassard in Columbus for all of his career until this season, told the NY Post that there is a lot of “skill and creativity” in his game and he can be a really good player.
Nash told NHL.com said that some players need a fresh start, but Brassard has always been a good player and was a top ten pick for a reason.
Brassard said that he wants to show the Rangers that they made a good decision in trading for him and “I know I have another edge to my game that I want to show.”
After the season, Brassard said on break up day “I just felt like in Columbus, my passion and emotion was gone and when I got traded I felt so good to have a new start. I love the game and I played with that emotion every night.”