Bruin Who Sought Trade Last Year Now Committed to Staying

Austin Sabourin
August 31, 2023  (8:45)

Jake DeBrusk, the winger for the Boston Bruins, is displaying a keen interest in continuing his journey with the team as his current contract heads towards its conclusion next year. As highlighted by NHL.com Staff Writer Derek Van Diest, the 26-year-old openly expressed his desire to stay on board during the Perry Pearn 3 vs. 3 Hockey Camp.

In his words, DeBrusk conveyed his deep bond with the team, stating, «I've grown up with this team and it's the one I know. Hopefully, things align in that direction, and we'll see how it all unfolds.» While uncertainties about his path forward persist, especially given the potential for significant changes in the Bruins' lineup, DeBrusk provided more insight, sharing, «That's why I've got my agent (Rick Valette). I informed him I'd prefer to avoid getting too involved. Eventually, it will bring relief when the dust settles.»
Not too long ago, DeBrusk was actively seeking a trade away from Boston. In November 2021, the former first-round pick faced being benched by then-coach Bruce Cassidy, and tensions with the organization seemed to be escalating. Despite this, he opted for a two-year extension, hoping it would heighten his desirability to other teams in a potential trade. Yet, circumstances changed, leading to his decision reversal in 2022.
As he grew more at ease with his role within the team and his contributions on the ice, his performance started to shine. Last season marked a pinnacle for DeBrusk, showcasing his best performance yet. He achieved 27 goals and 23 assists in 64 games, along with an impressive +26 rating.
The Bruins' Need for DeBrusk Enhances His Intentions to Remain
Barring unforeseen setbacks and a regression to his lower production levels from 2020-21, a prominent role as a forward in the Bruins' lineup appears assured for DeBrusk. With notable figures like Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Taylor Hall, Tyler Bertuzzi, and Dmitry Orlov departing, the Bruins are committed to maintaining their competitive edge. In this pursuit, securing contract extensions for impending free agents, commencing with DeBrusk, is integral to their game plan.
DeBrusk exudes confidence in his abilities.
«As long as I stay healthy, I believe I can achieve 30 goals this season. I've come close twice with 27 (also in 2018-19), and I've hit 25 as well (in 2021-22). If I stay healthy, that's definitely the goal—to finally reach that 30-goal mark.»

While the specifics of a potential extension and its timing remain shrouded, speculation suggests that a standout season could potentially lead to a contract akin to Brandon Hagel's recent deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning—eight years at $52 million.
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