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By: Mark Allred | Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

The Boston Bruins announced that the team has signed forward Jake DeBrusk to a two-year contract extension. The 25-year-old DeBrusk asked for a trade from the Boston organization, so this signing was seemingly done to honor his trade request. Locking him up for two years might make trading him more attractive to other National Hockey League teams who might have been hesitant to make a deal with Boston knowing at the end of his contract he’d have arbitration rights, and his qualifying offer would be above the $4 million he signed for today.

DeBrusk was selected in the first round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, and after 301 career games played for the B’s, he’s posted 82-78-160 totals. This season in 57 games of service, Jake has 15-11-26 numbers. This might move the needle to move him to a team like the Vancouver Canucks for a forward and Massachusetts native Connor Garland. More details to follow, of course.