NHL Rumors: Bruins to shake up roster, Jake DeBrusk on the move, and Filip Forsberg staying put for now

The Boston Bruins are looking at their roster and coming to a realization it may need a shake up. GM Don Sweeney said yesterday, “If we have to shake things up, I think we will do that.”

“Understand that the expectations haven’t changed. Our group has played well, but not quite good enough, and the scoring has been the Achilles’ heel up until this point,” Sweeney explained as questions about the April 12 trade deadline loom. “Hopefully we can find it from within, or I’m going to have to make a move to bring in support.”

NHL Rumors: Jake DeBrusk on the block

Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk was mentioned in trade rumors before signing his extension. Here we are and his offensive struggle have the 24 year-old on TSN Trade Bait Board at #10.

Like Rakell, teams are calling, and the return would be similarly high for the proven playoff performer. The Bruins are hoping for a big response from DeBrusk, which would calm trade speculation, and help right the ship for a team with Stanley Cup aspirations that has scuffled (3-5-2) of late.

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He was recently a healthy scratch and this obviously only increased speculation about the possibility of a trade. I think the cost will be to prohibitive but you never know what some teams are thinking out there.

DeBrusk would be a good fit on the Ducks so let’s see if there is something there.

NHL Rumors: Pump the brakes on Filip Forsberg

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Feb 8, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg (9) lines up for a face off during the first period against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Filip Forsberg is just a 26 year-old winger and having a solid year with 17 points in 26 games. The right-hander would make a great addition but has not scored more than 64 points in a season. His best year came in 2017-18 where he posted that total in just 67 games. Forsberg missed almost 6 weeks with an injury that season.

On the plus side, he still has one year remaining at a team friendly cap hit of $6 million AAV. This doesn’t make him a rental at the deadline but would still be less cost prohibitive to the Blueshirts in assets and picks to acquire him.

However, it doesn’t appear that Forsberg will be part of the Nashville fire sale just yet. “I really don’t think Filip Forsberg is going to be a guy that we have any interest in trading at this time,” GM David Poile said.

I think we can put any trade speculation on Forsberg to rest.