Bruins signs Jake DeBrusk for contract extension ahead of trade deadline

Has Jake DeBrusk changed his mind?

The Bruins have signed the attacker to a two-year contract extension worth $4 million per year, the team announced Monday.

DeBrusk and his side have been relatively straightforward about his desire to be traded this season. DeBrusk’s trade request went public in late November and his agent confirmed to The Athletic last week that he still wanted to be moved.

Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli recently reported that the Bruins have tried to move the winger but have been unable to find a suitable deal. That, plus the extension, doesn’t exactly mean that DeBrusk won’t trade before Monday’s trading deadline at 3 p.m. ET.

As Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman noted Monday morning, trade request has not has been revoked, and signing DeBrusk for an extension could actually make him a more valuable trading vessel as there is less uncertainty about his contract. DeBrusk would become a restricted free agent after this season.

DeBrusk had been on a hot streak after moving to the Bruins front line. He scored eight goals and provided a pair of assists in an eight-game span between February 19 and March 5. However, his pace has slowed since then, dropping just one point in his last six games.

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