Jake DeBrusk signs 2-year extension with Bruins; still wants a trade
Jake DeBrusk and the Boston Bruins announced a new two-year contract extension on Monday. However, per multiple reports he has not pulled his trade request.
There’s still a chance that he could be dealt before the Monday 3 p.m. ET trade deadline. The extension may help facilitate a trade.
As it stands, DeBrusk gets $4 million per season in the deal.
DeBrusk, 25, has 26 points (15 goals, 11 assists) in 57 games this season. He has 160 career points (82 goals, 78 assists) in 301 games, all in Boston. The Bruins selected him No. 14 overall in the 2015 draft.
DeBrusk trade request and extension
Back in November, Jake DeBrusk’s demand for a trade became public. Since then the pending RFA has been playing well and brought his season totals to 26 points in 57 games.
“The Boston Bruins are legitimately trying to (trade him),” Elliotte Friedman said in December. “They’ve searched the market hard to see what’s out there and will do it on their timeline. They will look for a forward or defenseman they consider of equal value.”
DeBrusk was making $3.675M before today’s extension. Pierre LeBrun recently reported that his agent, Rick Valette has been talking to potential suitors about a contract extension to facilitate a deal.
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. 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.TSN
It may interesting to see if conversations with other clubs is what led to this extension.
Teams that have reportedly shown interest in DeBrusk are the Rangers, Canucks, and Flames.
–Field Level Media contributed to this report