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Drive to the Net: There’s a lot more inside Brassard’s game than coming up clutch

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Derick Brassard. - AP

CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- One of the first calls Derick Brassard made after learning of his trade was to Carl Hagelin, waking up the Penguins' winger from his usual pregame nap.  

That was early Friday afternoon, or some seven hours before the complex three-team blockbuster trade involving the Senators, Penguins and Golden Knights was finally consummated. But even during those few anxious moments, Hagelin could sense his former Rangers teammate's excitement.

When you're coming to a team that has won consecutive Stanley Cup championships and has a legitimate shot at a third, no sales pitch on the city or the team is required.

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