The Bruins took care of one of their biggest remaining tasks on Monday when they announced an extension for restricted free agent forward Jake DeBrusk.
DeBrusk’s new deal will be a two-year contract worth a total of $7.35M. That comes out to a salary cap hit of $3.675M per season.
A first-round pick (No. 14 overall) in 2015, DeBrusk has developed into a key player in the Bruins’ lineup and been a consistent secondary scoring option over the past three seasons.
He has scored 62 goals in 203 career regular season games, which averages out to a 25-goal pace over 82 games.
He tallied 19 goals (and 16 assists) in 65 games for the Bruins last season. Given his production it is a very fair cap hit for the Bruins to work with over the next two seasons, and gives DeBrusk an opportunity to boost his value even more when it comes time for his next contract. It is a standard bridge contract.
With DeBrusk now signed the Bruins still have a little more than $3M in salary cap space to work with this offseason, per CapFriendly.
They have no other RFAs remaining to be signed, but could still probably be in the market for more depth at forward or on defense. Earlier this offseason they lost defenseman Torey Krug in free agency to the Blues, but signed forward Craig Smith away from the Predators.
The Bruins will have several big decisions to make next offseason when forward David Krejci and both goalies (Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak) will be UFAs. They will also have to worry about several RFAs next offseason including Ondrej Kase, Nick Ritchie, and Brandon Carlo.