1/22/22 | Jeff Marek said “the New York Rangers, one of the more interesting teams to watch come trade deadline time. They are having a really good season and looking for at least one more forward and they have inquired about Jake DeBrusk.” (32 Thoughts)
11/30/21 | Darren Dreger said on TSN‘s Insider Trading that he believes the Rangers are one of the teams that has expressed interest in Boston’s Jake DeBrusk.
DeBrusk, 25, requested a trade from the Bruins.
Dreger said of the interest in DeBrusk, “significant amount, as many as 12 teams, maybe more than 12 teams have already checked in on Jake DeBrusk’s situation with the Boston Bruins, but the reality is the Bruins now need Jake DeBrusk in their lineup, they’ve got Brad Marchand suspended, their AHL team in Providence is dealing with a Covid issue, so they need him on the ice right now.”
He added, “I’d say that the New York Rangers are among the teams that have expressed some interest, the Vancouver Canucks, maybe Montreal, maybe Calgary, certainly Arizona, go down the list. Historically speaking, when there have been other Jake DeBrusk trade situations and speculations, the St. Louis Blues have been near the top of that list as well. Talk about a kid who could score 20-25 and he scored 16 times in the playoffs, so those stats matter.”
Elliotte Friedman said on the NHL Network today that the Bruins aren’t going to do anything “to make themselves worse.”
DeBrusk has one-year left on his contract with a cap hit of $3.675 million and will require a qualifying offer of around $4.85 million for the Rangers to retain his rights.
He has 70 goals and 70 assists in 261 games, had 27 goals in 68 games in 2018-19 and 19 goals and 65 games in 2019-20, but last season he only had five in 41 games and he only has three in 17 games this season.
DeBrusk is a LW and The Athletic says he “has never been as effective playing his off side.”
Adam Rotter: The Rangers don’t have room for any other left wings and if DeBrusk can’t play the right side than interest is nice, but there wouldn’t seem to be a fit. This isn’t the first time that DeBrusk has asked for a trade or that rumors have been around him and in the past it seemed like he would have been a nice fit, position issue aside, because of his size, speed and ability to score and be a little physical. Now there just doesn’t seem like a fit. The Rangers need a right wing, it would be hard to fit him salary cap wise moving forward and there is no easy swap that would make sense for Boston. The Rangers are likely to trade futures or draft picks to fill any needs and Boston surely wants to replace DeBrusk with an actual player and there is no one off their roster that could be swapped. Ultimately though, this won’t go anywhere if DeBrusk can’t play on the right because he certainly isn’t displacing Artemi Panarin, Chris Kreider or Alexis Lafreniere on the left side.