Finally, the Bruins have shored up one more player on their roster, added another piece of the puzzle, and are one more step closer to figuring this all out. Yesterday, Don Sweeney finally signed Jake DeBrusk.
The 24-year old left winger agreed to a bridge deal for 2 years and $7.35 million, with an annual average salary of $3.675 million. Thanks to CapFriendly, we know what that contract looks like.
At 6pm, Don Sweeney held virtual media availability to discuss DeBrusk’s contract. One of the first things that he admitted was that both parties were trying to hammer out a long-term deal but that he was partly responsible for that falling through. The other issue was the financial climate and the uncertainty that the pandemic has brought to the league.
Sweeney looks at this deal as time for Debrusk to become a more well-rounded player. He cited DeBrusk’s speed as a reason why he could develop his penalty killing and forechecking skills; as of now DeBrusk usually is not called upon as a penalty killer. He said there was no reason why Jake couldn’t have more of a net-front presence, a position from which he scored many times last season. The Bruins GM also believes that this could be the opportunity for the young winger to shake out some of his inconsistency.
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Toward the end of the media availability, local favorite reporter, Amalie Benjamin, asked about progress with Zdeno Chara. Unfortunately, there is nothing new to report. Apparently Chara and his agent, Matt Keator, are exploring their options and waiting for the league’s plan for the upcoming season.