5 Bruins Leaving Boston in 2024

Depending on how the rest of the 2023-24 NHL season unfolds, don't count on seeing these Bruins lasting the entire New Year in Boston.
Jake DeBrusk is one of five Bruins who are likely leaving Boston in 2024.
Jake DeBrusk is one of five Bruins who are likely leaving Boston in 2024. / Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
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4. Matt Grzelcyk, D

Matt Grzelcyk is someone who's been in Boston's system for over a decade. The Charlestown, MA native was drafted 85th overall by his hometown Bruins in 2012 and has been a full-time member of the blueline since the 2017-18 season.

But after setting career highs in both assists (22) and points (26) last season, Grzelcyk has been nothing but a disappointment in 2023. The 29-year-old veteran has been held to one goal without an assist as of Dec. 27. While he isn't expected to create offense on the same level as someone like Charlie McAvoy, he isn't exactly doing his part, either.

What's even more frustrating is that Grzelcyk's poor production comes in a year where he carries a cap hit just north of $3.6 million. While that isn't a huge financial figure, it's an amount that the Bruins could be using elsewhere to improve the roster for a playoff push.

Grzelcyk is also an upcoming free agent, so there's a good chance that the Bruins try moving him to a team with cap space at the trade deadline. That way Boston can use his roster spot on someone willing to contribute more efficiently and consistently.