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Edmonton Oilers trying to add star hometown forward

Published February 27, 2024 at 1:25 PM

For years now, rumours have connected Jake DeBrusk with a trade back out to his home province of Alberta. DeBrusk and the Bruins have had a tumultuous relationship at times, and with the forward heading for free agency this offseason, the Bruins may be forced into a decision. According to Jimmy Murphy of Boston Hockey Now, DeBrusk may be on his way to the Oilers soon.

»Does he wind up back west as a playoff rental for a contender out there – we've all heard the Oilers rumors – or does he become a playoff rental for the Bruins,» an unnamed NHL source explained to Boston Hockey Now. «It sure doesn't seem like he's signing an extension – if he signs one – before the season's over.»

With recent reports surfacing that the Oilers would be interested in trading for a player with term, it's possible that the Bruins could trade DeBrusk to Edmonton so they don't lose him in free agency for nothing. A trade to Edmonton would likely come with a contract extension. However, the Bruins are in a playoff spot and obviously pushing for the Cup themselves, and may keep DeBrusk as an own rental.

»Here's what I do know: If the Bruins don't sign him – and, I don't know if they will or won't – I guarantee an Alberta team will offer him a major contract. I guarantee you, whether it's Edmonton or Calgary, he's going to be taken care of in the province of Alberta.»

Whether it's at this year's trade deadline or in the offseason during free agency, it seems destined that Jake DeBrusk is heading to the Oilers.

DeBrusk is now 27 years old, and was born in Edmonton to former Oiler and Sportsnet broadcaster Louie DeBrusk. We've seen Jake enjoy the trips home to Edmonton in the past, and it's clear that he'd love to come home and play in front of his father and family. DeBrusk has proven to be a consistent threat for 30 goals in his career, this year scoring 13 goals and 27 points in 58 games. On his next contract, he's reportedly seeking 5 years for just under $5M each year.


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Edmonton Oilers trying to add star hometown forward

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