Morning Sports Update

Bruins’ Jake DeBrusk has submitted a trade request

Cam Neely confirmed the initial report.

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Jake DeBrusk during a Bruins-Sabres matchup in 2021. AP Photo/Joshua Bessex

Tonight, the Revolution host New York City FC at Gillette Stadium in the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the MLS Cup playoffs at 7:30 p.m. After posting the greatest regular season points total in MLS history, New England will try to jump back in after a 23-day break following the end of the regular season.

Also tonight, the Bruins will face the Red Wings at TD Garden. The puck drops at 7 p.m.

Jake DeBrusk’s trade request: On Monday evening, TSN hockey reporter Ryan Rishaug tweeted that Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk—via his agent, Rick Valette—had requested a trade from the Bruins.

“It’s felt a change of scenery moving forward would be beneficial,” Rishaug noted. “Debrusk will remain with the team while the Bruins try and facilitate the request.”


Following the news, Fluto Shinzawa of The Athletic confirmed the report with Bruins president Cam Neely.

“In other words,” wrote Shinzawa of Neely confirming the report, “both team and player are fine with publicizing news of the request. It signals that both sides acknowledge a separation would be best for all involved.”

Whether the Bruins will be able to trade DeBrusk (and get value for him) remains to be seen. His salary this season ($4.85 million) could prove to be a tall task in the current NHL economic environment.

The 25-year-old was the 15th overall pick in the 2015 draft, but hasn’t been able to find a steady role in the 2021 season. He has just six points through 17 games.

Trivia: Jake DeBrusk was drafted in 2015 amid three consecutive Bruins first-round picks. Name the other two players Boston selected in that span.

(Answer at the bottom).

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