Flames and Oilers have trade interest in Jake DeBrusk: report

Dec 1 2021, 12:01 am

Jake DeBrusk is on the trade block and both of Alberta’s NHL teams are reportedly interested.

The Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames are among the suitors for the Boston Bruins forward, according to Nick Kypreos.

DeBrusk, 25, requested a trade from the Bruins on the weekend.

“Jake has certainly made it known he would prefer a new opportunity,” general manager Don Sweeney told reporters Tuesday. “We expect Jake to play well. This comes down to the Boston Bruins having to make a hockey decision and for Jake, it comes down to him playing his best hockey — whether that’s for us and hopefully that’s for us tonight — but also if it is leading to an opportunity elsewhere, he has to play his best hockey as a player. He knows that.”

DeBrusk has three goals and six points in 17 games this year, and 20 points (8G, 12A) in 58 games since the start of the 2020-21 season.

He had 43 points (16G, 27A) in 70 games as a rookie in 2017-18, and an NHL career-high 27 goals in 68 games with the Bruins in 2018-19.

“He’s shown a lot of maturity in trying to handle this as appropriately as possible,” Sweeney said. “I’m not overly surprised this eventually came out. I’ve been in the know for this for quite some time and we’ve been trying to look at hockey trade situations that would help the Boston Bruins as I do my job and accommodate with what Jake things is best, and there’s a balance there. That’s the profession.”

DeBrusk, who was a healthy scratch when the Bruins beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 on Sunday, is in the second season of a two-year, $7.35 million contract, that carries a $3.675 million cap hit.

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