Jake DeBrusk wants to stay with Boston Bruins, rescinds trade request

It’s been quite a journey for Boston Bruins forward¬†Jake DeBrusk. Back in November, his demand for a trade became public and many believed his time in Beantown was coming to an end.

Rumors of his imminent move heated up around the NHL Trade Deadline in March. Reports surfaced that his agent had permission to speak with other teams about a contract for the pending RFA.

Then the Bruins opted to give him a two-year extension with an AAV of $4M in order to see if that might get the fish to bite. Nothing happened and he remained in Boston.

The 25 year-old winger finished the season strong with 25 goals and 42 points in 77 games. He also added 4 points in 7 playoff contests.

Jake DeBrusk rescinds trade request

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Jun 9, 2021; Uniondale, New York, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Jake DeBrusk (74) plays the puck against New York Islanders right wing Leo Komarov (47) during the third period of game six of the third round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

On Wednesday, Bruins GM Don Sweeney addressed the media and said that DeBrusk has officially rescinded his trade request.

“That’s accurate, yeah. He rescinded,” said Sweeney to questions about DeBrusk. “As far as conversations about Jake moving forward, about playing for us or playing for another team, it’s no different than when he put on that he would like a change of scenery. We’re very happy that Jake has turned a corner in how he feels about the Boston Bruins and wants to be with us. He had a hell of a second part of the year and deserves a lot of credit for the production he put forth, and he’s looking forward to being back.”

While the trade request is now off the table the possibility of a move remains.

“I’m looking for opportunities to improve the team, and Jake knows that as well,” Sweeney revealed. “And that’s what I’ll have to continue to look at. But we’re happy that he’s in a good place.”

DeBrusk has totaled 176 points in 321 career games. He was drafted by the Bruins 14th overall in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Bruins notes

Sweeney on Patrice Bergeron:

“My conversations with Patrice have gone well. His recovery has gone well. I suspect coming out of the Draft and heading into free agency that he’ll be in a real good place. We’re excited that he’s considering playing and moving forward with what we think is a positive mindset.”

Sweeney on a possibleDavid Krejci return:

“I’ve been in touch with David… Again, he’s spending a lot of time with his family and deciding what he’d like to do. The conversations have gone well. It’s just a matter of what David decides, ultimately, and if we’re to be the place that he chooses.”

President Cam Neely on David Pastrnak contract:

“I believe Don is meeting with his agent in Montreal here, so we’ll see where that goes. But I feel very positive about it.”

Quotes via NHL.com