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Latest TSN Trade Bait List Released

Frank Seravalli released the latest edition of his Trade Bait series. There have been names floating around since September’s list but we have new names and higher rankings. The anticipation of the list is something most hockey nerds look forward to. Two Bruins players made it to the top 10. Is there any possibility where Jake DeBrusk and Tuukka Rask are not on the roster come next season?

A New Number One In Town

Oliver Ekman-Larson takes hold of the number one spot. There have been a lot of rumors surrounding the young defenseman. The downside of taking on OEL is of course his cap hit. A team like Boston doesn’t need another LD and can’t afford to take on a cap hit of $8million.

Jake DeBrusk

The 23-year-old Edmonton native is on an expiring entry-level contract which means he is a restricted free agent. He can either be traded or re-sign in Boston. It doesn’t surprise me that DeBrusk is on the list. He would be a great addition to any team needing top-six scoring. His name has come up in conversations with Calgary. The supposed offer would be Jake DeBrusk for Noah Hanifin. Now, I’m not sure if it’d be a one for one but I think that could be a potential outcome. The Flames are in desperate need of top six production. They have seen too many playoff losses for such a talented team. Calgary’s top priority is goaltending and with a flat cap, adding on a player who wants $5m could lead you into dangerous territory.

DeBrusk has been a streaky player but when he’s hot, he’s on fire. Is that a risk a team is willing to take?

Tuukka Rask

The Trade Tuukka Rask crew must be jumping for joy right now. Rask lands at number 10. This is pure speculation on my behalf but I think this has to do with Rask’s departure from the bubble. There’s no reason to trade your number one goalie and go on the hunt for one. Could you bring on Henrik Lundqvist for a season? Maybe. Trading for Marc Andre Fleury could be a possibility as well. If next season is heading to the bubble there’s no way I see Rask committing to the team. It’s not a dig at him. He puts family first, as everyone should. Rask has one year remaining on his current contract. I would not expect him to re-sign with Boston after it expires. I believe he could wrap it up for health sake and to also be there for his family.

Final Thoughts

Both Jake DeBrusk and Tuukka Rask are crucial pieces to the Bruins. The likelihood of DeBrusk being traded is higher than Rask’s. I don’t think either of them will be departing. We still have a few days until the draft and free agency. Any Bruins chaos that will ensue this postseason probably starts next week. Stay tuned for the latest Bruins news here on CouchGuySports.

-Jess Belmosto @jessicabelmosto

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