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Nick Bjugstad keeps Derick Brassard within stick length. -- MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

As he's done in years past, dating back to his days in Carolina, Jim Rutherford struck well before the NHL's trade deadline.

By packaging Derick Brassard, Riley Sheahan and draft picks to the Panthers for Nick Bjugstad and Jared McCann 25 days ahead of Feb. 25, it gives Bjugstad and McCann a couple of extra weeks to get used to new teammates and new surroundings. More importantly, it buys Rutherford some time to get a better assessment of his team.

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