Jake DeBrusk’s trading market is probably better than you think
October 27, 2021; Sunrise, Florida, United States; Boston Bruins left winger Jake DeBrusk (74) skates on the ice against the Florida Panthers in the third period at FLA Live Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
If early reports of the potential commercial market are to be taken at their word, Don Sweeney and the Boston Bruins may be able to start a bidding war for winger Jake DeBrusk.
At least that’s what to expect after the report that nearly half of the league has contacted the Bruins since DeBrusk’s trade request was made public earlier this week.
“Up to 12 teams, maybe more than 12 teams have already checked out Jake DeBrusk’s situation with the Boston Bruins,” Darren Dreger reported of the latest edition of “Insider Trading” on TSN. “I would say the New York Rangers are one of the teams that has shown some interest. You have the Vancouver Canucks, maybe Montreal, maybe Calgary. Definitely Arizona. Go down the list.
* “BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!” INTENSIFIED *
“Historically speaking, when there have been other business situations and Jake DeBrusk speculation, the St. Louis Blues have been near the top of that list as well,” Dreger noted. “You’re talking about a kid who could score 20-25 and he’s scored 16 times in the playoffs. So these statistics are important.
The St. Louis conference was also supported by Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman in her most recent column, 32 Thoughts.
And at 11-8-0 this year and with a roster that has been overhauled several times (even healthy ones), there is no doubt that the Bruins could and should use the DeBrusk trade to get some help with their alignment. But the Bruins are entering those talks without a definite comeback, at least one not known to the public, as Bruins general manager Don Sweeney explained on Tuesday.
“I just sit down and assess and have conversations with each team and try to make the best deal for the Boston Bruins. It could very well be either side of that ledger or a combination, ”Sweeney said when I asked if the Bruins would prefer a comeback that can help now or“ eventually ”in any DeBrusk trade. “That’s our only goal: to make sure we do what we think is right for our club. We are a competitive club and obviously we would like to continue to do so and the way we make that decision is based on what other teams can and cannot commit. “
In the meantime, the Bruins will need to keep DeBrusk in action Thursday night against the Predators as they will be left without suspended Brad Marchand and injured Anton Blidh, and will not be able to call Providence due to the team’s ongoing lockdown situation following an outbreak. of COVID.
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