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.
The Penguins are also getting back prospect forward Vincent Dunn from the Senators, and prospect forward Tobias Lindberg from Vegas.
He is signed through the 2018-19 season and carries a $5 million salary cap hit.
Rutherford said when he had been asked previously about acquiring Brassard, "the answer's always been, 'No, ' because we really didn't think we could figure out how to fit him under the cap".
In 702 career games over 11 seasons, Brassard has 159 goals and 261 assists for 420 points to go along with 348 penalty minutes. Given Sheahan's strong play of late, that will give the Penguins two solid centers behind Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.
The Pittsburgh Penguins appear to be loading up for a shot at a third consecutive Stanley Cup.
Brassard was the Sens' fourth-highest scorer this season, tallying the second-highest goal total this season, 18, in addition to 20 assists.
It's not a major move, but the Golden Knights have made their first in-season trade in franchise history.
Later, McPhee said the Golden Knights added "two assets that we think will help the hockey club". This season with Lulea, Gustavsson has 2.16 goals against average and a.917 save percentage.