PHOTOS: Senators Bring Veteran Derick Brassard Back on a Professional Tryout

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The Ottawa senators bring in some help for the training camp.

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Senators’ general manager, Pierre Dorion, told reporters Thursday morning that center Derick Brassard and winger Michael Dal Colle will report to the club’s camp at the Canadian Tire Center next week for professional tryouts.

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Both could add depth up front as the Senators try to push for a post-season spot.

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It will be the second time that 34-year-old Brassard goes to the club’s training camp. He was acquired from the New York Rangers for the 2016/17 season in exchange for center Mika Zibanejad and played a key role in helping the club reach the Eastern Conference finals.

Just 49 games less than 1,000 in his career, Brassard, who makes the off-season home in Gatineau, will try to earn a contract. In two years with the Senators, Brassard finished with 32 goals and 77 points in 139 games in Ottawa.

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He was shared with the Pittsburgh Penguins on the 2018 deadline in a deal that brought back prospect goalkeeper Filip Gustavsson.

Brassard faces stiff competition if he wants to earn a spot. The club has already signed Josh Norris, Tim Stutzle, Shane Pinto and Dylan Gambrell in the middle.

“This is just something we felt we should do,” Dorion said Thursday morning. “It’s very simple: Derick is someone we’re targeting. Michael has played for DJ in the past. At the moment we have four center players in. Healthy competition in that position is something we always look forward to.

“He’s coming in and he’s going to play friendlies in the center. We’ll see what he has left.”

Dal Colle, a fifth-round pick of the New York Islanders, has played 112 games in his NHL career. He has oscillated between the club’s AHL branch and New York for most of his career.

Dal Colle won a Memorial Cup with Smith in 2015.

“These are positions that we might need some help with,” Dorion said.

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