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After ‘Difficult’ Trade Deadline For Jake DeBrusk, Bruins Are ‘Going to Need Jake,’ Says Don Sweeney

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After requesting a trade from the Boston Bruins months ago, Jake DeBrusk is still a Bruin after Monday’s NHL trade deadline.

“I think this really puts some clarity for Jake,” said Don Sweeney, Boston’s GM. “We could’ve moved him prior to the deadline, we could revisit in the summertime. He could also go forward most importantly with just playing hockey and realizing that he’s a big part of our team. He’s gone in and played well with (Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand).

“We’re going to need Jake,” Sweeney added. “We feel that he’s an important part of our hockey club. We wanted him to feel that way.”

Boston signed him to a two-year extension Monday instead of trading the winger. DeBrusk made a move to the top line last month with Marchand and Bergeron, and the five-year Bruin — who is coming off of a hot streak — is still upbeat despite Boston not fulfilling his trade request.

“I don’t look at it as a negative situation,” he said. “Any time you can play for a team that has a chance to win a Stanley Cup, it’s a positive. That’s why I play the game is to win the Stanley Cup. I’m comfortable with these guys. I grew up with this team. I’m playing on a very good line at the moment.

“I’ll do anything I can to stay there and help the team win. It’s all about winning the Stanley Cup at this point. I think anybody can get behind that.”

Through 58 games this season the winger has 15 goals and 11 assists.

With Bergeron likely coming back from injury Thursday and re-joining Marchand and himself, him most definitely staying on the top line after the B’s didn’t add a forward, and no longer having the uncertainty of his future with the team — at least for now, the 25-year-old is ready to finish his season strong.

“It was definitely a difficult day,” he said about the deadline Monday. “It’s been a difficult week. There’s a lot of uncertainty. You don’t necessarily know. I haven’t felt clarity in three months. I haven’t known if I’m going to go, where I’m going to. Now I know. It’s nice to have that done with.”

Boston hosts on the Lightning Thursday night as they return home from their road trip.

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