Detroit Red Wings rumors: Could Jake DeBrusk be a trade target?

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The Detroit Red Wings may not be actively looking to make a move, but with Steve Yzerman steering the ship as the team’s general manager, anything is possible. There’s no telling when a move could unfold and the Red Wings could get active.

That’s why when Jack Eichel was on the market, the Detroit Red Wings were considered suitors, even before this season when they were deep into a rebuild. Now, another opportunity for the Red Wings to be active may come up and they should be in.

Boston Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk has reportedly requested a trade and is looking to find a new home. He was a healthy scratch in Monday’s contest and his agent said that the two sides have agreed to look for a new fit.

The former first-round pick from the 2015 NHL Entry Draft has spent his five-year NHL career with the Bruins organization. DeBrusk is a player who may need a refresh to get things right and Yzerman just may be looking to shake some things up here in Hockeytown.

The Detroit Red Wings should look into Jake DeBrusk.

While this season has not been his best, DeBrusk has shown flashes of being a middle-six forward. In 2021-22 there have been some holes to his game, it seemed his defensive efforts have lacked and head coach Bruce Cassidy was not having it.

DeBrusk has not been finding his way on the scoresheet too much in 2021-22, he’s got three goals and three assists over 17 total games on the season for the Bruins. When it comes to shaking things up, Yzerman has had success in reviving careers.

Robby Fabbri is still with the organization after being acquired for a firm handshake and a bag of pucks in return. Brendan Perlini, another former first-round project in need of a new home, did not work out as well.

Bobby Ryan was signed and went on a scoring tear after making a great comeback from off the ice issues. It’s certainly not out of character for Yzerman to look to buy low and see what happens on players like this.

DeBrusk may be someone that the Red Wings look to acquire. He would boost the team’s forward core, and if the change of scenery does well for him, he might just end up being part of the team’s future moving forward.

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He’s a left-handed shooting winger who could get added onto the team’s third line to see what happens. It’s a concept worth exploring, what do the Red Wings have to lose?