Debrusk On His Way Out By Shaun Petipas

Image via Jake Debrusk IG

It appears the Jake Debrusk saga in Boston will finally be coming to a close pretty soon after his agent confirmed Monday afternoon that he had requested a trade after being a healthy scratch in Sunday’s tilt. 

Debrusk has struggled to get his game going this season and it appears the funk he found himself in last season has spoiled his hopes to mend the relationship with the Bruins front office. Debrusk has 3 goals in 17 games and has only scored once in the last 13. Debrusk is on the books for his final year just north of 3.5 million dollars and he is set to become a restricted free agent at the end of the season. 

With the trade request and his performance as of late, the B’s shouldn’t expect too much in return for the bottom-9 forward. This doesn’t mean the Bruins couldn’t benefit from trading Debrusk and bringing in a new face to potentially help their defensive group or the third line. 

One team to be on the lookout for is the Ottawa Senators. The Sens had some interest in Debrusk prior to the season and had some conversations with him in the summer. I wouldn’t be surprised if they came knocking on the door of Don Sweeney but what would the Bruins possibly see in return? There really isn’t much the rebuilding Sens could give up for a player like Debrusk but a named that could fit is Chris Tierney. He would fill another bottom-six role for the Bruins but is that what they need right now? For the Bruins trading in the division and for something that might not help them isn’t the best option, but it is a start. 

The next team I would look at would be the Chicago Blackhawks. Like the Bruins the Blackhawks also have a struggling 2015 draft pick that has shown flashes in Dylan Strome. Strome was the No. 3 pick in the 2015 draft and has failed to find his game after the 2018-19 season in which he scored 57 points in 78 games. Like Debrusk, Strome has been a healthy scratch for the Blackhawks and could benefit from a fresh start with a new team. Strome is a 6-foot-3 200-pound center that the Bruins could use immediately considering they have relatively no plan for center behind Bergeron. Maybe these teams could each benefit from a 1 for 1 deal. 

The next two possible trades aren’t the greatest ideas, but they try to address the teams needs and with Debrusk’s value plummeting they wouldn’t be the worst. 

The first is to turn to the Arizona Coyotes and package Debrusk and maybe a pick to see if an old elite scorer would want to return. Phil “the thrill” Kessel is on the books for 6.8 million dollars and the Bruins cannot fit that into their cap space now but if the Coyotes are willing to eat some of the contract for a pick as well as Debrusk then the two sides could make it work. 

The second would be to call up the Seattle Kraken and see what it would take to get Jeremy Lauzon back in their organization. The Bruins clearly miss Lauzon in the defensive zone as he ate big minutes in his own end. He surely wasn’t perfect but with spotty defensive work as of late the Bruins could use someone who knows the system and they are comfortable with. Hopefully this wouldn’t just be a one for one and would be a part of a bigger deal. 

The last team that might make sense would be the Canucks which the Bruins just saw beat on Sunday. They are a struggling franchise and are looking for a bit of a rebuild. Two players to keep an eye on for them would be Connor Garland which the Bruins expressed interest in trading for from the Coyotes before Vancouver ultimately did. Garland is a local kid from Scituate and the Bruins love brining in local guys but with Garland playing well right now it could be a tough trade to pull off. Another name could be Brock Boeser who has shown he can be a great young player but like Debrusk has a consistency issue. I believe either way the Bruins to get either one of these players would have to give up Debrusk a prospect and possibly a good pick. 

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