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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - JUNE 12: Jake DeBrusk #74 of the Boston Bruins warms up prior to Game Seven of the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Final against the St. Louis Blues at TD Garden on June 12, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

A boost in production and a successful-to-date move to Boston’s top line has not swayed Jake DeBrusk into wanting to stay with the Bruins, according to the latest update from DeBrusk’s camp.

“After speaking with DeBrusk’s agent, Rick Valette, there has not been a change of heart,” Pierre LeBrun said on the latest edition of TSN’s Insider Trading segment Tuesday night. “This means the trade demand is still in place for DeBrusk, to hopefully, in his case, get a trade out of Boston by the March 21 trade deadline.”

To date, the Bruins haven’t received a trade offer that they consider to be a worthwhile move or equal value for DeBrusk. They’ve also made it clear that they won’t sell him for pennies on the dollar. That value has likely only gone up in the eyes of the Bruins, especially as DeBrusk has surged to the tune of seven goals and nine points over his last six games.

Now, a lack of early-season production and general hot-and-cold play isn’t the only reason why teams haven’t been lining up outside the Garden to make their pitches for DeBrusk, as DeBrusk’s status as a pending restricted free agent potentially due some big money has given some teams some pause.

But, according to LeBrun, the Bruins have given DeBrusk’s camp the permission to potentially bypass that qualifying offer dilemma with a potential extension.

“The other thing Valette talked about is that he has informed teams, by the way he has permission to talk directly to other teams, that they’re willing to work on an extension to help facilitate a deal,” LeBrun noted. “A lot of teams are concerned about the $4.4 million qualifying offer to retain his rights this summer, maybe [if there’s] an extension at a cheaper price everyone will go home happy. Bottom line is if he keeps scoring and playing a bigger role, it might help the Bruins and general manager Don Sweeney get better offers than they’ve had to date.”

The Bruins and DeBrusk’s camp have less than three weeks to figure it all out if DeBrusk is going to finish the 2021-22 year in another sweater.

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  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 28: Brendan Lemieux #48 of the Los Angeles Kings and Trent Frederic #11 of the Boston Bruins fight in the first period at Arena on February 28, 2022 in Los Angeles. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

    Trent Frederic renews rivalry with Brendan Lemieux

    Ottawa’s Brady Tkachuk will tell you straight-up that nobody likes Brendan Lemieux.

    “You can ask any one of his teammates, nobody ever wants to play with him,” Tkachuk said of Lemieux after the ex-Ranger allegedly bit him in a fight between the two earlier this season. “This guy is a bad guy and a bad teammate, he focuses on himself all the time. The guy’s just a joke. He shouldn’t be in the league. This guy’s gutless. No other team wants him.

    “He’s going to keep begging to be in the NHL, but no other team wants him. He’s an absolute joke. I can’t even wrap my head around it. People don’t even do this. He’s just a bad guy.”

    (The ‘people don’t even do this’ line will always get me.)

    Frederic, not bitten but a childhood friend of the Tkachuk brothers, probably has similar feelings on Lemieux. He’s made it known in some not-so-subtle ways, from accidentally forgetting Lemieux’s name to admitting that he was jealous that Nick Ritchie got to fight him. Frederic even said he wanted another shot at Lemieux after the two had a run-in in New York last season, but Lemieux was traded to Los Angeles before Frederic got that opportunity.

    That was until Monday night in LA, and No. 11 made sure he got his rematch with Lemieux.


    No one likes him, I know, but it’d be nice to see Lemieux back in the East for the purpose of violence.

  • Feb 28, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Erik Haula (56) celebrates with center Charlie Coyle (13) goal scored against the Los Angeles Kings during the third period at Arena. (Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports)

    A milestone goal across the board for the Bruins

    Weird little milestone combo in this game: When a falling Erik Haula extended the B’s lead to six with a third-period power-play goal, the Finnish center netted career goal No. 100. But the goal also came with assists from Charlie Coyle and Craig Smith, and with each player picking up the 200th assist of their respective careers on the helper.


  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 28: Jake DeBrusk #74 of the Boston Bruins celebrates his third goal for a hat trick against the Los Angeles Kings in the second period at Arena on February 28, 2022. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

    The Bruins love LA (they love it!)

    With Monday’s victory, the Bruins pushed their victorious run in Los Angeles to four straight road wins over the Kings dating back to 4-1 win in Feb. 2017. It’s now tied for the longest road streak over the Kings in franchise history, matching a four-game winning streak that ran from March 1971 through March 1972. The Bruins are few years away from matching their longest road unbeaten streak against the Kings, however, as the Bruins went unbeaten in LA in six games from January 1969 through October 1970, with four wins and two ties over that span.

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  • Feb 24, 2022; Seattle, Washington, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) passes the puck past Seattle Kraken defenseman Mark Giordano (5) during the third period at Climate Pledge Arena.  (Steven Bisig/USA TODAY Sports)

    Brad Marchand returns to action, will end fight with NHL

    With his six-game suspension behind him following an unsuccessful appeal to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, Bruins wing Brad Marchand is ready to put the incident in his rear view mirror. In every sense of the term, too, as the Boston superstar has decided not to appeal to an independent arbitrator.

    “To appeal, it would essentially, at this point, [be to] just to kind of change for the future,” Marchand said prior to Thursday’s game. “It’s not as big of a hit against my record and the money standpoint, but I think I’m just gonna move past it. It is what it is at this point, kind of accept the decision and just get back to playing.

    “I miss being around the guys and I miss being part of the group so I’m just so excited for that and to be back that I don’t need any of the negative energy that that whole process brings and I’m just gonna move forward.”

  • WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 11: Curtis Lazar #20 of the Boston Bruins looks on during the second period of the game against the Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena on May 11, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

    Curtis Lazar exits win with undisclosed injury

    The Bruins appeared to lose a forward in the winning effort, with Curtis Lazar on the ice for just 3:52 of action and zero shifts after the second period of Thursday’s win over the Kraken.

    It’s unclear what exactly happened to Lazar, but if he is going to miss any time, the Bruins do have Jesper Froden and Anton Blidh with them as extra forwards for the road trip. The most likely move, you’d think, would be to move Nick Foligno over to right wing and plug Anton Blidh to the left of Tomas Nosek on Boston’s fourth line. But Froden’s status as a natural right-shot, right wing could have its value to the Bruins.

    The 27-year-old Lazar has a career-high six goals, along with 13 points, through 44 games this season.

  • Feb 24, 2022; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Kraken center Ryan Donato (9) advances the puck while being defended by Boston Bruins defenseman Mike Reilly (6) during the first period at Climate Pledge Arena. (Steven Bisig/USA TODAY Sports)

    Checking in on the Seattle’s score of ex-Bruins

    The Kraken certainly have a Boston flavor this year, and it was on display Thursday night, with four former Bruins in Dave Hakstol’s lineup, and five on the roster in total if you include the injured Karson Kuhlman. (Six if you want to include assistant coach Jay Leach, who left his post as the head coach of the P-Bruins for a spot on Hakstol’s staff.)

    Up front, Ryan Donato finished the loss with one hit and a giveaway in 10:31 of play. The Scituate, Mass. native, who has played for the Wild and Sharks since the Bruins traded him as part of the Charlie Coyle trade in 2019, has totaled 11 goals and 18 points in 49 games for the Kraken this season. Those 11 goals are tied with Yanni Gourde for the third-most among all Seattle skaters this season.

    Austin Czarnik, who last skated for the Bruins in 2017-18, skated in his fifth game with the Kraken after Seattle scooped him up off waivers from the Islanders earlier this month, and is now up to two goals and six points in 16 games between New York and the Kraken this year.

    Veteran wing Marcus Johansson, meanwhile, finished with an assist and two shots on goal in 18:04 of time on ice. A pending free agent, I do wonder if the Bruins would have an interest in bringing Johansson back for another run with the club should the Kraken decide to trade him. Though a left shot, Johansson was comfortable playing right wing during his time in Boston, which remains a need for the club ahead of this year’s deadline.

    And on Seattle’s backend, Lauzon finished with a Kraken-leading three hits and two blocked shots, and logged a game-high 6:12 shorthanded time on ice against a Boston power play that finished the night with an 0-for-5 mark. Lauzon did, however, come through with an unfortunate ‘assist’ on DeBrusk’s first goal.

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