In the DeBrusk situation, there is a lot of criticism to be made – .

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In the DeBrusk situation, there is a lot of criticism to be made – .


Looks like it’s been brewing for a few years, but the day has finally arrived: Jake DeBrusk (apparently) asked to go out, preferring a change of scenery rather than staying with the Boston Bruins.

It’s a sad but predictable end to what has been a term filled with ups and downs for DeBrusk, with more of the latter than the former in recent years.

As the season approached, DeBrusk and head coach Bruce Cassidy looked set to make a fresh start in ‘The Other Guys’ style.

At first it seemed to work: DeBrusk scored on opening night, then added three more games later.

He went on to play seven scoreless games before registering a three-game scoring streak, followed by a three-game scoring streak in what is likely his last stint as Bruin.

Up, down, up, down.

The fact that we’ve reached this point says a lot, not only about DeBrusk, but Cassidy and Don Sweeney as well.

I won’t claim to have a wealth of information on Cassidy’s training style or what’s going on behind closed doors, but it looks like DeBrusk has been in Cassidy’s niche for quite some time (even before the bizarro 2020 season). ).

Whether there was something about DeBrusk rubbing Cassidy the wrong way or Cassidy keeping DeBrusk at a higher level to get the most out of him doesn’t matter – it seemed pretty clear for a while. some time DeBrusk just wasn’t Cassidy’s guy.

Your position on this matter probably depends entirely on your opinions on Cassidy and DeBrusk. Good time.

The truth is probably somewhere in the middle.

DeBrusk has been given a decent leash for trying to figure things out at times in the past, and it’s fair to say that he hasn’t always made it difficult for Cassidy to keep him in the lineup.

He had powerful hockey flashes and great performance flashes in big games, it just wasn’t there consistently.

It’s also fair to say that Cassidy seemed to do more to hold DeBrusk accountable than he did to other guys who seemed to be going through poor performance, albeit further down the line.

Either way, the last healthy scratch seemed like a tipping point.

It is with hindsight that we say to ourselves tonight “yeah, you saw that coming”, but the scratch seemed a little hard to us, given the larger context.

The Bruins aren’t exactly buzzing as a team right now, and while they haven’t scored any goals in their last three games, two of them were team misfires against Calgary and New York. .

Additionally, those three games were preceded by a 1G-3A-4PTS on nine shots in their previous three games.

It was as if Cassidy had put her hands up and decided he had seen enough. DeBrusk, through his agent, responded in kind.

And now, here we are.

While DeBrusk and Cassidy are the main players here, Sweeney also deserves its fair share of scrutiny.

We’ll skip the game on the redesign of the 2015 NHL Draft, because we’ve all had enough.

But it looks, from the outside, that Sweeney and Cassidy probably should have had an honest conversation about DeBrusk’s form years ago and acted on it.

If Cassidy felt like he had done all he could to reach DeBrusk and it wasn’t working, a decision should have been made before last season and before signing DeBrusk for a two-year contract extension. .

If fans could see DeBrusk and Cassidy clashing frequently (fair or unfair, depending on who you like), Sweeney certainly could see it, too.

In that case, why not leave DeBrusk when it still had decent value?

Instead, we’ve reached the point where DeBrusk’s agent goes public with their business demand, effectively creating all the value that may have been left behind.

Maybe part of Sweeney was hanging on to try and save something from that oft-ridiculed draft class, or maybe Sweeney was willing to be a little more patient with a kid who had shown flashes of greatness. hockey in the past.

Either way, it seems no one was really on the same page: not Cassidy and DeBrusk, or DeBrusk and Sweeney, or Sweeney and Cassidy.

To be fair to everyone involved, maybe Sweeney wasn’t convinced he needed to pull the trigger before, and it’s one of those things that quickly melted away – everyone is enraged with everyone and it’s time to move on.

Plus, this whole situation is probably something getting a little out of proportion due to the gripping-fueled chaos surrounding DeBrusk’s draft class.

After all, draft picks don’t always work, and sometimes players need a change of scenery… the world just keeps on turning.

If this is the end of the road for DeBrusk in Boston, no one will be happy with how it turns out – we all wish it were better.

But sometimes cutting the bait and starting over is the right decision, even if the hot catches will suffer.

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