The Boston Bruins finished their last official piece of offseason housekeeping on Monday after announcing a two-year contract with RFA winger Jake DeBrusk that will pay him $3.675 million per season. It’s a bit less than the 24-year-old DeBrusk was expected to make in restricted free agency at this time a year ago, but then the COVID-19 pandemic hit and really had a chilling effect on much of the restricted free agent market. That’s something we predicted when it came to DeBrusk here at Boston Hockey Now over a month ago.
Conversely, this is another very reasonable deal for Boston Bruins GM Don Sweeney when it comes to re-signing his homegrown Bruins players.
Here are the terms of the contract courtesy of Puck Pedia:
The #Bruins signed 24 y/o RFA F Jake DeBrusk to 2 yr $3.675M Cap Hit Deal.
Yr 1: $2.5M Sal
Yr 2: $4.85M Sal
Will be RFA w/ Arb rights on expiry, 2 years from UFA w/ Qualifying Offer of $4.41M.
— PuckPedia (@PuckPedia) November 23, 2020
DeBrusk had 19 goals and 35 points in 65 games last season, and has averaged 20 goals per season over his first three NHL seasons while mostly playing as a top-6 left winger with David Krejci. Since joining the team in 2017-18, DeBrusk ranks fourth on the Bruins in goals (62), fourth in power play goals (17), tied for third in game-winning goals (14), sixth in points (120) and eighth in assists (58) while also popping in 14 goals and 23 points in 49 career playoff games.
The DeBrusk signing leaves the Bruins with $3.68 million in salary cap space and a decision still to be made with unsigned captain Zdeno Chara as the entire NHL world awaits a format and start date for next season. We’ll have more on the DeBrusk signing after Don Sweeney addresses the Bruins media on a zoom call this evening.