5 Bruins Playing Their Final Postseason in Boston

As the 2023-24 NHL playoffs are set to begin, consider that these five Bruins players might be playing their final postseason in Boston.
Jake DeBrusk is likely playing his final postseason in Boston.
Jake DeBrusk is likely playing his final postseason in Boston. / Hannah Foslien-USA TODAY Sports
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The Boston Bruins are back in the NHL playoffs after an impressive 2023-24 regular season performance. Despite losing Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci to retirement last offseason, the Bruins have remained one of the league's best teams as they have now recorded their sixth 100-point performance in the last seven seasons.

But regardless of how much success the Bruins see in the coming weeks, not everyone is guaranteed to return next season. We'll be in the NHL offseason in no time, meaning trades and free agency will likely shake up Boston's roster as we know.

With that in mind, here are five Bruins who are likely experiencing their final playoff run in Boston.

1. LW/RW Jake DeBrusk

When it comes to potential offseason departures for the Bruins, Jake DeBrusk is likely at the top of that list.

DeBrusk is slated to become an unrestricted free agent (UFA) this offseason. Although there's always a chance that the Bruins could re-sign the veteran forward, I wouldn't hold my breath. After all, it doesn't seem like Boston is too keen on holding on to him considering that management was allegedly shopping him around ahead of this year's trade deadline.

Given that his name has been involved in trade rumors for the last few years, I won't be surprised if DeBrusk tests his worth this summer. Players dream of becoming UFAs and it'd be silly for him not to weigh his options considering how teams consistently overpay for free agents every offseason.

Besides, the Bruins may also want to move on from DeBrusk due to his having a down year. After averaging 0.4 goals and 0.8 points per game in 2022-23, the former Swift Current Bronco is down to 0.2 and 0.5, respectively, this season. If Boston thinks that trend will continue, it's best to walk away now rather than lock itself into a long-term deal.

DeBrusk has provided Bruins fans with some fun memories, but all good things come to an end — potentially as early as this summer.