Jake DeBrusk's name has been the subject of trade rumors for months, so it was a little surprising when the Boston Bruins announced a two-year, $8 million contract extension about five hours before Monday's NHL trade deadline.
Despite the new extension, DeBrusk has not rescinded his trade request, per multiple reports.
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Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman explained how the extension makes it easier for the Bruins to move DeBrusk before the 3 p.m. ET deadline.
The Bruins need to upgrade their scoring depth before the deadline, preferably by acquiring a No. 2 center or a scoring winger. Moving out DeBrusk would worsen Boston's depth even further.
Therefore, any trade for DeBrusk needs to help the Bruins acquire a forward or get assets to go make another deal for a scorer.
The Bruins reportedly have shown interest in Winnipeg Jets center/winger Andrew Copp and Anaheim Ducks center/winger Rickard Rakell in recent weeks.
The B's and Ducks made a blockbuster trade on Saturday that sent star defenseman Hampus Lindholm to Boston in exchange for multiple draft picks and players.