Seriously? Any prospect technically could be the best of all time, let's never trade any picks or prospects ever. The Pens need to win now, Crosby and Malkin aren't going to be around forever. Brassard didn't work out this year, that much is clear. Doesn't mean that the idea of getting him was not sound. There is always a risk. Sports are not mathematics, you never know what might happen. Using your logic we shouldn't have gotten Kessel either. I remember when so many people on the forum thought JR was insane to trade for Hagelin, how did that turn out? The prevailing opinion isn't always right but the notion that dissent is somehow censored on this forum is just hilarious. So many posters love nothing better than to complain about mainstream opinions. Also, correlation is not causation. Brassard's coming coincided with Kessel going cold, probably due to an injury, and lo and behold, he remained just as cold when Sullivan tried him with Malkin or Sheahan. And for all the talk about how Ruhedel/Hunwick was gong to be our undoing in the playoffs it was mostly other defencemen who screwed up in the worst possible moments, so I am not so sure how keeping Cole (who was lit up by these same Caps anyway) would have made a real difference. When all but three of your forwards fail to score a single 5 on 5 goal for an entire series, it's not really a matter of one or two players failing, it's a much bigger issue. Call it fatigue, injuries, being outcoached, outcompeted, whatever, it's just a matter of keeping Cole and getting say Grabner instead of Brassard.