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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4. D Derek Forbort

Another pending UFA, Derek Forbot's time in Boston might be ending sooner rather than later.

It's no secret that Forbort has been one of the team's more frustrating players this season. His on-ice play has left much to be desired as his poor decision-making resulted in the Bruins allowing more goals than they should have. His minus-five on-ice goal differential is also tied for second-worst among Boston defensemen.

That's without mentioning how the team's on-ice expected goals percentage jumps up by 13.5% when he's off the ice, per Money Puck.

Additionally, Forbort has also been somewhat of a distraction off the ice. It was only at the end of February when Forbort was a healthy scratch against the Seattle Kraken due to his missing a team meeting. That type of behavior should be seen as unacceptable in the eyes of his teammates, coaches, and fans.

The good news is that the Bruins can clean their hands of Forbort when he becomes a UFA this summer. Between his on-ice play and off-ice behavior, I just don't see management wanting to bring him back for another year. There are plenty of solid defensemen hitting the open market this offseason, offering Boston several upgrade options if it's looking for someone more reliable.

With Forbort having been on the long-term injured reserve since the beginning of March, there's a good chance that we've already seen the last of him in a Bruins jersey.