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Jake DeBrusk leaves Bruins to sign with Canucks – NBC Sports Boston

Jake DeBrusk leaves Bruins to sign with Canucks – NBC Sports Boston

Jake DeBrusk’s career with the Boston Bruins ended on day one of NHL free agency.

The 27-year-old winger has agreed to a seven-year, $38.5 million contract with the Vancouver Canucks, the team announced Monday. This marks the first time DeBrusk has hit the market as an unrestricted free agent.

DeBrusk spent the first seven seasons of his NHL career with the Bruins. He scored 266 points (138 goals and 128 assists) in 465 career games for the Original Six franchise. He has scored more than 20 goals three times and his 71 goals over the last three seasons rank third on the team behind David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand.

DeBrusk was inconsistent offensively, often going long stretches without scoring a goal, but in recent years he has done an excellent job of becoming more of a two-way player and a valuable penalty killer.

The Bruins were already lacking scoring depth, particularly on the wing, before DeBrusk left. With the veteran winger gone, it’s become even more important for Boston to add a proven scorer on the wing this offseason.

Earlier on Monday, the Bruins agreed to terms with free agent center Elias Lindholm (seven years, $54.25 million) and free agent defenseman Nikita Zadorov (six years, $30 million).