Two sources within the Penguins told me late Saturday night, this after the 4-2 loss to the Flyers at PPG Paints Arena, that the team is beyond exasperated with Brassard, and one of those sources told me he's become "trade material" for Jim Rutherford. And when pressed upon the timing of that, the source responded only that there was real urgency.
Wow, can't imagine why, huh?
Look, there was blame enough to go around the building for this one. Kris Letang was so abysmal he sat and waited in the locker room for reporters to enter so that he could state exactly that. Evgeni Malkin still hasn't scored a five-on-five goal since the day before Halloween. There were at least five Philadelphia breakaways by my count. There was another short-handed goal. There were missed shots, passed-up shots and right-into-the-logo shots.
But sorry, I'm past the minutiae of the moment. Because this problem's bigger, and it couldn't be clearer this problem now needs a bigger solution.
Start with subtraction: Get Brassard out of here. And hurry, before anyone grabs a copy of video like this: