After months of waiting and speculation, we finally have some answers. Yesterday the Bruins and Jake Debrusk agreed to a contract extension. Jake Debrusk’s contract extension is for the next two seasons with a 3.675 million AAV. At times it looked like Debrusk was already out the door. A flat cap on the horizon and his agent doing radio interviews asking for we'll over five million per year. It was shaping up for another tale of a young promising player leaves the Bruins before hitting his prime. We have been covering this saga for a while now, here is an article that covers all the old news if you would like to catch up. Now that we finally have a new deal let's take a closer look at the numbers and what it means going forward.
Jake Debrusk’s Contract Extension
As said before Jake Debrusk’s contract extension is for two years with an AAV of 3.675 million dollars per year. AAV is the yearly cap hit the contract has so that 3.675 will be on the Bruins cap books the next two seasons. The real money breakdown looks slightly different with Jake earning 2.5 in year one and 4.875 in year two for 7.35 million total. The good news is when his new deal is up Debrusk will still be an RFA.
Now that Debrusk is locked up we need to look at how the team is impacted going forward. First, let's look at the Bruins cap space which stands at just under three million dollars at 2.98 million. The real number is probably closer to 5 million with CapFriendly carrying a few extra players on the Bruins roster. With Chara still left to sign or another defenseman the Bruins still have work to do. This also doesn't end the trade speculation. If anything it might make a trade more likely now that a potential partner knows how much Debrusk is making the next two seasons.
Another thing to keep an eye on is the 4.85 million base salary in year two of the deal. That means if the Bruins want to qualify Debrusk the starting point is 4.85 million. While Debrusk could easily prove he is worth a deal paying over five million a year he has yet to do so. A 3.675 million dollar cap hit is also easier to move than an unsigned RFA. There are still some talented free agent forwards available if the Bruins explore a trade. Debrusk has enough trade value to help fill the holes left by Krug and Chara. Keep an eye out for any trade news in the coming weeks. Until next time stay safe out there and LET’S GO BRUINS.
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