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Jake DeBrusk Signs 2-Yr Bridge Deal with Boston Bruins

Restricted free agent NHL forward Jake DeBrusk has signed a two-year bridge deal with the Boston Bruins.

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The Boston Bruins have taken care of their final big piece of restricted free agent business, signing Jake DeBrusk to a two-year contract on Monday. The bridge deal is not a long-term pact, but is not completely unexpected considering what other free agents in DeBrusk’s situation had signed for. Specifically, DeBrusk will earn $3.675 million per season over the next two NHL campaigns.

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We wrote a couple of weeks ago that a DeBrusk contract extension was likely on the horizon. The thought was that DeBrusk’s deal might be somewhere in and around what Ryan Strome signed for with the New York Rangers, putting the Bruins forward around the $4 million AAV mark. The Bruins did a bit better than that. The contract breaks down as follows: Yr 1: $2.5M Sal Yr 2: $4.85M.

DeBrusk will be a restricted free agent with arbitration rights on expiry of this new contract. It will put him two years from UFA status w/ qualifying offer of $4.41M.

Depending on where DeBrusk plays in the lineup, this could be considered a steal of a deal or just fair value. If he’s a top-six player, that’s a pretty good bet with DeBrusk earning the chance to make more money on the next go-round. If he’s a third-line guy, he’s potentially a bit overpaid but should have the opportunity to work his way up the lineup.

DeBrusk finished the shortened 2019-20 NHL season with 19 goals and 16 assists. It was a decline in production from the season prior where he’d scored 27 goals in 68 games.

This Is the Right Deal For Both Sides

Considering the current NHL market, it was unlikely that DeBrusk was going to do much better than this on a new deal. For the Bruins, it’s a fair number that still gives them a little room to do more in free agency, should they want to.

Jake DeBrusk Boston Bruins
Jake DeBrusk Boston Bruins

DeBrusk will try to knock it out of the park for the next two seasons and the Bruins will try to upgrade on the blue line. Rumors are the Bruins might have their eyes on a bigger move to bolster the backend while potentially still being on the Mike Hoffman sweepstakes.

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