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Bruins’ Reporter Suggests Jake DeBrusk Be on Rangers’ Radar

Jake DeBrusk is still attracting trade interest from some NHL teams. Are the New York Rangers among those kicking tires?

According to Jimmy Murphy of Boston Hockey Now, there is still plenty of interest in Jake DeBrusk from NHL teams. Among them, he believes the New York Rangers might have an eye on the forward thanks to an injury that took Sammy Blais out of their lineup for the foreseeable future.

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While Murphy wasn’t able to confirm the Rangers have actually contacted the Bruins about a potential trade, in his article “Could Bruins Entice Rangers With Jake DeBrusk?“, he writes that NHL insider and TSN Insider Trading panelist Darren Dreger reported that the Rangers were already looking for a middle-six forward. Blais’ injury only ‘amplified’ their need to make a potential move.

It’s the Rangers’ need to fill a hole that Murphy suggests could logically lead the two teams to one another.

Murphy notes:

After some poking around via texts and calls to various and trusted NHL sources, there was no indication that the Boston Bruins and the Rangers are engaged in any substantial NHL trade talks. However, there was more than one source who said Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk is still a mainstay on the NHL trade rumor circuit amongst NHL scouts and execs. 

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Jake DeBrusk Boston Bruins 1

Dreger said that the “Rangers are on the hunt” and that could lead them to DeBrusk who hasn’t exactly been consistent but a number of NHL general managers believe he has a high ceiling with the potential to be a regular contributor. Murphy notes that the ask from the Bruins might be a second-round draft pick. It’s not a great return considering where DeBrusk was originally drafted but the trade wouldn’t just be about getting the best return for DeBrusk.

Why Would the Bruins Move DeBrusk?

DeBrusk continues to be an interesting study in Boston. He’s had nights where he’s look disengaged and often plays terrible defense, getting walked around and costing his team. At the same time, his coach seems to trust the player as much or more than some others on the roster. When Taylor Hall got demoted, DeBrusk was moved up. Cassidy has chosen to play DeBrusk late in the games and has been rewarded for the decision.

For the Bruins, it’s a matter of how badly DeBrusk wants it. Saying they need to see a little more second effort, there is only so much time the Bruins will spend waiting. If there are options out there and a trade that makes sense, DeBrusk needs to show he’s ready to play consistent hockey. If there’s no sign he gets it and it doesn’t look like he’s going to get a regular promotion from the team’s fourth line, the Bruins are paying a lot for a replaceable player.

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  1. mobojangles

    November 20, 2021 at 12:00 pm

    It doesn’t make sense for the Bs to trade for a draft pick. Now, if they could find a solid middle pairing LD with some bite to his game – then they’re interested. Not doing it for a pick.

  2. Big bear

    November 20, 2021 at 3:48 pm

    Murphy always throws out junk with no merit. He needs content for his website with haggs. Waste of time.

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