It took a while, but the Bruins and Jake DeBrusk have finally agreed to a new contract.
The team announced Monday afternoon that it has signed the 24-year-old left wing to a two-year deal with an annual cap hit of $3.675 million.
DeBrusk, who was a restricted free agent, was a first-round pick of the Bruins in 2015. He is coming off a season that saw him put up 19 goals and 16 assists in 65 games.
DeBrusk represents a key piece of the Bruins puzzle this season. He is expected to once again slot in as the second-line left wing next to David Krejci, although things could be shaken up early in the season depending on how many games, if any, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak miss after offseason surgeries.
At times, DeBrusk has looked every bit like a second-line player. When he's hot, he can score in bunches and electrify fans with his speed and straight-forward attacking.
The problem has been consistency, as DeBrusk is also prone to lengthy cold spells, like the one he was stuck in this past season just before the pause when he had one goal and no assists over a 14-game stretch.
It's why this two-year deal makes a lot of sense for all involved. The Bruins get a chance to see if DeBrusk can become that more consistent player before committing more years and money, and DeBrusk gets a chance to prove he deserves more before hitting free agency again during his prime years.
According to @bruinscapspace, the Bruins now have about $4 million in cap space remaining.