Jake DeBrusk has asked the Boston Bruins to trade him, and the Bruins are exploring options to host the 25-year-old forward, general manager Don Sweeney confirmed Tuesday.
“I’m not too surprised that this finally came out,” Sweeney said of the trade request. “I’ve been on this for a while and we’ve been trying to envision a hockey trade situation that would help the Boston Bruins and, while I do my job, come to terms with what Jake thinks best. There is a balance there. . “
DeBrusk, who was eliminated in good health for a 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday, has six points (three goals, three assists) in 17 games this season. He’ll be in the lineup against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; SNW, SNP, NESN, BSDET, ESPN +, NHL LIVE), with the Bruins having already lost two forwards; Brad Marchand serve the first of a three-game suspension for the Vancouver Canucks defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson Sunday and Anton Blidh came out with an upper body injury.
Boston unable to recall American Hockey League players from Providence; this team is on lockdown due to a COVID-19 outbreak.
“Whatever situation Jake has certainly made it known he would prefer a new opportunity, we expect Jake to play well,” Sweeney said. “It comes down to the fact that the Boston Bruins have to make a hockey decision, and for Jake, it’s about playing his best hockey.
DeBrusk’s offensive production has waned each season after scoring 43 points (16 goals, 27 assists) in 70 games during his 2017-18 rookie season. He scored 42 points (27 goals, 15 assists) in 68 games in 2018-19, and 35 points (19 goals, 16 assists) in 65 games in 2019-2020, for a total of 62 goals in those three seasons. .
Last season, DeBrusk scored 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in 41 games and his struggles have continued this season.
“It wasn’t what I wanted or the team wanted in retrospect,” DeBrusk said in September. “So (I) obviously want to improve. I practically forgot my whole career. Whether it was the 27-goal season or last year, I’m making a clean sweep. I think this is also a crucial point in my career. . So (I’m trying) just to do the little things every day, take them day to day, and not look too far ahead or anything in the past. “
DeBrusk declined to comment through a Bruins spokesperson on Tuesday.
“Jake has been very successful,” Sweeney said. “Sometimes players find themselves in a situation where they don’t feel like they’re playing their best hockey, and I think Jake would openly admit he didn’t play his best hockey. And sometimes players look and say, maybe it’s cleaner. if I try to do it elsewhere, and that’s probably where it happened. Responsibility is shared in that regard.
“It doesn’t mean that we stop working and stop trying to compete at the level that we have to and like I said Jake has to come out and play his best game tonight because that’s it. which is best for Jake and for the Boston Bruins.