What exactly does the future hold for Boston Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk? The Bruins have already gone through massive changes this offseason, losing the likes of Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Tyler Bertuzzi, Taylor Hall, Dmitri Orlov, and Nick Foligno.
As you remember, he recently rescinded a trade request out of Boston and agreed to a contract extension, can become an unrestricted free agent next summer. And while he has said that he wants to remain with the Bruins, he appeared to deliver a subtle message to team management when it comes to contract negotiations.
“I’m approaching it just getting ready for game 1,” DeBrusk said. “Getting my game ready, and I guess when it comes to contract talks, it’s one of those things where you need two sides to tango, and if it happens, it happens, but it’s one of those things where it’s obviously not my main focus, but it’s going to be a big year for our team in general, and I know that if I’m doing my part and having success with production and certain things that will help our team. So, I think it goes hand in hand, and it’s one of those things that I’m just ready to get the season started."
"I’m excited for it, and it’s just about staying healthy."
He then discussed the ups and downs in his career, which culminated in a career high goal scoring output last year as the Bruins won 65 regular season games.
“I think there was a lot of things that were said about our team last summer, and just in general, for myself, there’s been ups and downs,” DeBrusk said. “So I think I’ve learned a lot about myself, and it was kind of me becoming myself in a sense, and I know I have more to give. It’s one of those things where I worked hard this offseason, and I feel ready to go, and I’m just excited to get back out there.”
DeBrusk, who missed a portion of last season after suffering an injury during the Winter Classic, scored 27 goals with 23 assists in 64 games played in 2022-23.