The final RFA for the Bruins has finally been set in stone as Boston has inked Jake Debrusk to a 2 year 3.6 million dollar deal.This is the smartest move the Bruins have made this offseason next to signing Craig Smith. There were numerous reports going around that Debrusk was going to get a payday of around 5 million which he isn’t worth. The Bruins decided to go short term and agreed to the 3.6 million which is a steal for him. He will also be a RFA at the end of this deal as well so it gives Boston leeway on what they want to do with him. A short term prove it deal was the way to go and Boston media loved the deal.
What This Means Going Forward
Boston now has its forward group set once fully healthy. The pairings will most likely be as followed:
Marchand Bergeron Pastrnak
Debrusk Krejci Kase
Bjork Coyle Smith
Ritchie Kuraly Wagner
That fourth line is almost as good as some teams’ 3rd line which is saying something. Boston still has Studnicka and Frederic for when Marchand and Pastrnak are injured for the first part of the season but when this group is fully healthy, look out because Boston reloaded and is ready to get back to the cup final.
The biggest question this offseason for Boston was Torey Krug and if he was going to resign. Boston chose to let him walk to St. Louis for a reasonable 6.5 million a year. Boston believes Lauzon, Clifton, McAvoy, Carlo, Grzelcyk and most likely Chara are the group that will bring a cup back to Boston. This could easily change as Chara is still a UFA but he will most likely stay in Boston given his love for the city and his desire to chase one last cup with Bergeron, Rask and Marchand.
Boston has probably one last shot at getting back to the finals given the age of their core group and the fact that the teams they are competing against have all gone through rebuilds or are at the back ends of them. Montreal is going to look scary along with Toronto adding some firepower. Also, never forget big brother in Tampa Bay who is like what the Giants are to the Patriots. It will definitely be an interesting season given the COVID-19 circumstances but it will be one for the books. Nobody knows how it will work but they are hoping for a January 1st start date so we will see if Boston can repeat what they did in 2011 or fall short like 2013, and 2019.