Make no mistake, Boston Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk’s name is once again circulating the NHL trade rumor circuit.
“He’s out there again but at what price,” an NHL scout commented to Boston Hockey Now on Saturday.
That came a day after DeBrusk acknowledged a brutal season that saw him battle COVID and establish a regular spot in head coach Bruce Cassidy’s doghouse as a more frequent healthy scratch. When the April 12 NHL trade deadline approached, DeBrusk was once again a mainstay in NHL Trade rumors. The speculation and criticism amongst fans and media alike admittedly got to DeBrusk.
“I need to revamp some stuff. There were a lot of factors that went into this year. Things that I could control and [things that I] couldn’t control. I dealt with a lot of negativity as well. It’s one of those things that it’s something you have to learn, as you sign up. I’m a big boy, I can handle that, I just became a little bit of an easy target,” said DeBrusk, who scored just five goals this past season. “My haters had a lot to say this year. It’s one of those things where, like I said, just have to revamp some things with training and a different mindset.
“My mindset is an interesting place right now. Every year it’s obviously different, disappointing obviously while hopes were high. I’ve disappointed myself, and my team. I’m looking forward to this [coming] year, I’ve got to prove a lot of people wrong.”
Prior to signing Jake DeBrusk to his current two-year contract that carries a $3.6 salary cap hit, Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney acknowledged and almost cryptically confirmed the NHL trade rumors that he was listening to trade offers for DeBrusk.
“Having conversations, I’m pretty aware of how teams are valuing players on our roster, Sweeney said on October 2. “So, I have to look at it and say, ok, does that mean we have the internal growth available to fill that spot? Anytime you look at moving players in and out, you’re robbing Peter to pay Paul in the situation. We have to understand that. Where we have depth in our organization and where we’re trying to improve is an area that we have to understand and there is always exposure and risk associated with that.”
On November 23, Sweeney inked the new bridge deal with DeBrusk, and hopes were high that the 24-year-old DeBrusk could regain the form from his 27-goal campaign in the 2018-19 season after a 16-goal setback in 2019-20. Sweeney may not get as much for DeBrusk on the NHL trade market now but considering DeBrusk’s mindset being in ‘an interesting place’ will he decide it’s best for all involved if he cuts his losses and Paul pays Peter back?
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