Derick Brassard is back in New York.
The former Rangers center agreed to a one-year contract with the crosstown Islanders, the team announced Wednesday. The deal is reportedly for $1.2 million.
Brassard posted 69 goals and 174 points over three-plus seasons with the Rangers and has totaled 176 goals and 451 points over a 12-year career that has included stops in Columbus, Ottawa, Pittsburgh, Florida and Colorado.
The 31-year-old pivot has struggled since being sent to Ottawa in a 2016 trade that brought Mika Zibanejad to Broadway. Brassard has been dealt three times since 2018, and posted a career-low 23 points in 70 games with the Penguins, Panthers and Avalanche last season.
Brassard will provide depth down the middle for the Islanders, likely filling a bottom-six role behind Mat Barzal and Brock Nelson.
There potential for Brassard — the Blue Jackets’ No. 6 overall pick in 2006 — to rediscover some of the scoring touch that led him to average over 20 goals and 50 points with the Rangers, but the Isles will have to hope he can find it in Brooklyn instead of Manhattan.