This very well could go down as the most complex trade in National Hockey League history, but the big takeaway from a fantasy perspective is that Brassard is now a member of a Penguins club in pursuit of its third consecutive Stanley Cup championship.
In exchange for Brassard, Ottawa will receive Ian Cole, Filip Gustavsson and a 2018 first-round pick.
Ottawa also shipped defenceman Dion Phaneuf to Los Angeles in a four-player deal, two days before sending forward Chris DiDomenico to Chicago for defenceman Ville Pokka on February 15. Any move involving the two-time Norris Trophy victor would require a massive return in draft picks and players or prospects.
They likely won't be done before Monday's trade deadline, either.
The Penguins also received forward prospect Tobias Lindberg from the Golden Knights, who acquired forward Ryan Reaves and a 2018 fourth-round pick (originally acquired from Vancouver) from Pittsburgh.
To aid in the financials of the deal, the Penguins announced that Vegas will pick up 40 percent of Brassard's remaining salary for the next two seasons.
A first-round pick by the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2006, Brassard has posted 159 goals and 261 assists in his career. This season with Lulea, Gustavsson has 2.16 goals against average and a.917 save percentage. In 78 career playoff games, Brassard has racked up 22 goals and 33 assists.