One of the worst kept secrets in the league got out on Monday: forward Jake DeBrusk wants out of Boston. Which got us wondering… could the offensively desperate Blackhawks be a potential suitor for the unhappy winger?
DeBrusk, 25, is in the final year of his current contract that carries a $3.675M cap hit. He is a restricted free agent after this season.
This season, DeBrusk has three goals and three assists and is averaging 14:24 on ice per game. He scored 62 goals in 203 games over his first three NHL seasons (2017-18 through 2019-20), including a career-high 27 goals in his sophomore season. He’s a shooter.
But he’s fallen into the dog house in Boston over the past couple seasons and has wanted out for some time. Over the weekend, DeBrusk formally requested a trade through his agent. Boston selected him with the 14th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft… 11 spots after a player the Bruins may be interested in swapping for him.
Dylan Strome, the third overall pick in 2015, just happens to be in the final year of a contract that carries a $3M cap hit and will be an RFA this coming summer. And he was, once again, a healthy scratch on Sunday.
According to CapFriendly, the Bruins currently have $2,266,443 in available cap space. Chicago, on the other hand, is already using LTIR space. So a deal may require either the Bruins to retain some money or take back another player (cough, Gustafsson, cough).
Either way, DeBrusk is desperate for a change of scenery. The Blackhawks need scorers. And he could be the kind of guy in the final year of a deal that would do well after a change of scenery.