NHL Notes: Rangers Trade Derick Brassard to Senators for Mika Zibanejad

NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers have traded center Derick Brassard to the Ottawa Senators for forward Mika Zibanejad in a deal involving players coming off career seasons.

Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton announced the deal on Monday, one that included future draft picks.

The Rangers also will receive the Senators' second-round draft pick in 2018. Ottawa will get the Rangers' seventh-round pick that year.

The 28-year-old Brassard had a career-high 27 goals and finished second on the team with 58 points in 80 games last season. His 31 assists were 10 fewer than the previous season.

Zibanejad, 23, skated in 81 games with Ottawa with 21 goals and 30 assists. He established career highs in games played, goals, assists, points, game-winning goals (seven), and faceoff win rate (50.5 percent).

Rangers: Kovacs signs entry-level contract
NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers have signed forward Robin Kovacs to an entry-level contract.

General manager Jeff Gorton announced the signing on Monday.

Kovacs was the Rangers third-round draft pick in 2015. The 19-year-old played in 44 games with AIK IF of Allsvenskan in Sweden this past season and had 21 goals and 13 assists. He skated in 92 career games in Allsvenskan over the last two seasons, registering 38 goals and 24 assists.

Devils: Reece Scarlett re-signed
NEWARK, N.J. -- The New Jersey Devils have re-signed defenseman Reece Scarlett to a one-year, two-way contract worth $600,000 at the NHL level.

General manager Ray Shero announced the signing of the restricted free agent on Monday.

Scarlett played last season with Albany (AHL), getting four goals and 22 assists in 60 games. He also played in 10 playoff games.

The 23-year-old has played with the organization for the past three seasons, appearing in 165 AHL games with 12 goals and 59 assists.

New Jersey drafted Scarlett in the sixth round of the 2011 draft.

Russia replaces Voynov with Nesterov on World Cup roster

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Nikita Nesterov has been added to Russia's World Cup of Hockey roster in place of Slava Voynov, who is ineligible to compete because he is suspended indefinitely by the NHL.

In announcing the move Monday, the Russian Hockey Federation said it ran out of time in its bid to have the league lift Voynov's suspension stemming from his arrest on felony domestic violence charges in October 2014. The former Los Angeles Kings defenseman pleaded no contest to a reduced misdemeanor and returned to play in Russia after facing deportation from the United States.

The NHL questioned Voynov's status when he was among the final players selected to Russia's roster in May.

The 23-year-old Nesterov had three goals and six assists in 57 games last season.

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