Plot twist: the Boston Bruins made a decision on Jake DeBrusk, but probably not the decision you think.
Boston announced Monday that they’ve signed DeBrusk to a two-year extension with an annual cap hit of $4 million. The signing comes as a surprise, as DeBrusk has publicly acknowledged his recent requests for a trade. Thus, the 25-year-old has long been the subject of trade debates.
So, it’s fair to wonder if the signing is actually a precursor to a trade. But it’s curious why it would be necessary for the Bruins to be the ones to sign the extension. Two years at $4 million annually is manageable for whatever team ends up with DeBrusk on their roster, so the cost certainty could be attractive to a suitor. Bruins GM Don Sweeney could also be protecting himself against losing DeBrusk in free agency, or leaving open the possibility of trading him in the off-season.
DeBrusk, for what it’s worth, has been fairly productive in recent weeks, much of which has been spent on the Bruins’ top line with Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron. He has eight goals and 11 points in his last 14 games, dating back to Feb. 19.
We’ll see if DeBrusk ends up being traded after all. The Bruins don’t seem to be done making moves, even after sending a major haul to the Anaheim Ducks for defensemen Hampus Lindholm and Kodie Curran. We’ll keep you updated with everything that goes down for the Bruins on the day of the 2022 NHL trade deadline, which passes at 3 p.m. ET Monday.
Read below for more on the Bruins at the deadline from our own Ty Anderson.
Jan 20, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Jake DeBrusk (74) skates with the puck during the third period against the Washington Capitals at the TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 18, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Jake DeBrusk (74) during the first period against the Washington Capitals at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - NOVEMBER 29: Jake DeBrusk #74 of the Boston Bruins looks on during the second period against the New York Rangers at TD Garden on November 29, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
VANCOUVER, BC - FEBRUARY 22: Jake DeBrusk #74 of the Boston Bruins skates with the puck during NHL action against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on February 22, 2020 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)
Feb 24, 2022; Seattle, Washington, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Jake DeBrusk (74) celebrates with the bench after scoring a goal against the Seattle Kraken during the first period at Climate Pledge Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports
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