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Report: DeBrusk Still Wants Trade; Bruins Ready And Willing

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With Jake DeBrusk’s value on the NHL trade market seemingly soaring through the roof, his agent made it clear, via TSN Insider Pierre LeBrun, Tuesday, that there has not been a change of heart from the Boston Bruins winger on his desire to be traded.

“After speaking with DeBrusk’s agent, Rick Valette, there has not been a change of heart,” Lebrun reported on TSN Insider Trading Tuesday evening. “This means the trade demand is still in place for DeBrusk, to hopefully, in his case, get a trade out of Boston by the March 21 trade deadline.”

After DeBrusk’s hat trick and an assist for a career-high four-point game in a 7-0 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night, DeBrusk became the hottest name on the NHL trade circuit Tuesday. However, with the Bruins entering Tuesday night’s game against the Anaheim Ducks on a five-game win streak and Debrusk registering at least a point (5g, 2a) in each of those wins, speculation grew that maybe the Bruins may just decide to keep DeBrusk until at least the offseason.

However, not only did Valette squash any speculation that Jake DeBrusk may want to stay with the Bruins, he made it clear to LeBrun that the Bruins also remain committed to moving their hottest player at the moment. So much so, that Bruins general manager Don Sweeney has granted Valette permission to tell interested NHL trade suitors that the Bruins are willing to negotiate an extension for DeBrusk, who is set to become an arbitration-eligible restricted free agent in July.

“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,” LeBrun said. “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.”

So as DeBrusk seemingly has become the right wing the Bruins were seeking when they moved David Pastrnak to the second line to play with Erik Haula and Taylor Hall back in January, it appears that both DeBrusk and the Bruins remain focused on finding a new team for the 2015 first round pick on the NHL trade market.

“The bottom line is if he keeps scoring and playing a bigger role, it might help the Bruins and general manager Don Sweeney get better offers than they’ve had to date,” LeBrun concluded.

 

With 20 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN, NHL.com, etc.) covering the Bruins, the NHL, NCAA and junior hockey and more, Jimmy Murphy’s hockey black book is full of Hall of Famers, current players, coaches, management, scouts and a wide array of hockey media personalities that have lived in and around this great game. For 17 of his 20 years as a hockey and sports reporter, Murph covered the Bruins on essentially a daily basis covering their victorious 2011 Stanley Cup run and their 2013 run to the Final as well. Murphy has hosted national and local radio shows and podcasts and also has experience in TV as well.

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Michael Parahus

Good riddance…..I don’t think other teams will go too ga-ga over the latest hot streak. Common sense tells us that his entire body of work has been frought with ups and downs. Most of the ups were early and other than this latest spurt….it’s been all downer. Hey, it’s nice he’s gotten hot on the first line….but, we know that guy we’ve seen for the last two years is lurking under that B’s sweater and he will likely re-surface and the memory of this hot streak will fade. I don’t think other teams will be substantively fooled by this latest… Read more »

BRUINSFANATIC

Keep Debrusk and get rid of Cassidy. Everyone blames Krecji not producing on the RW situation. But no one defends Debrusk and he was on the same line. Part of the reason Krecji is pissed. Cassidy not playing Pasta on the second line. What would he have been able to do with Krecji and Pasta. Always calling out the young players instead of veterans like Foligno or Coyle. Or calling out the players too often. Cassidy is coaching not to get fired right now. He has lost the team and will hurt the Bruins after he’s gone if he causes… Read more »

[…] Boston: The Boston Bruins are willing. Jake DeBrusk is lighting more lamps than kerosene, but he still wants out of Boston. Now he’s trying to negotiate a new deal, so teams know what they’re getting on the NHL trade market. […]

[…] Boston: The Boston Bruins are willing. Jake DeBrusk is lighting more lamps than kerosene, but he still wants out of Boston. Now he’s trying to negotiate a new deal, so teams know what they’re getting on the NHL trade market. […]

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