The Bruins have signed Jake DeBrusk to a two-year, $8 million contract extension, the team announced Monday. The move comes before the ET NHL trade deadline of 3 p.m. and could make it easier for the Bruins to fulfill DeBrusk’s trade request.
The biggest roadblock the Bruins faced in fulfilling the request was the 25-year-old’s pending $4.41 million offer. It would be a high price for any team taking over. The extension solves that dilemma and should serve as a necessary springboard for a trade.
Interested parties now have certainty about the cost for the first-rounder from 2015 to 2024. The two-year deal gives DeBrusk a chance to relaunch his game and perhaps set himself up for the richer contract he once expected from the Bruins.
The Bruins had previously authorized DeBrusk’s agent Rick Valette to conduct contract negotiations with other teams.
DeBrusk has served as the No. 1 right wing. The Bruins would need a right wing in exchange for DeBrusk or through a separate deal.
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