Maple Leafs Rumors: Jake DeBrusk Has "Mutual Interest" In Joining Toronto

Jake DeBrusk, set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, is generating significant buzz this offseason, particularly from the Toronto Maple Leafs. 

According to Toronto Star columnist Nick Kypreos, the Leafs are keen on adding the 27-year-old Boston Bruins winger to their roster to strengthen their top-six forward group. 

Nick Alberga, host of Leafs Morning Take, further confirmed that there is mutual interest between DeBrusk and the Maple Leafs, making this potential move even more intriguing.

DeBrusk, known for his streaky performances, had a solid 2023-24 season with the Bruins, recording 40 points, including 19 goals. 

His career-high of 27 goals in the 2022-23 season and his impressive performance in the 2023-24 Stanley Cup Playoffs, where he tallied 11 points in 13 games, underscore his potential impact in crucial moments. 

The Leafs, with over $19 million in cap space for the 2024-25 season and 15 active roster players under contract, are well-positioned to pursue DeBrusk, especially if they fail to re-sign pending UFA forwards Tyler Bertuzzi and Max Domi.

For the Bruins, retaining DeBrusk is still an option, especially with their $23.86 million in cap space. 

However, the mutual interest between DeBrusk and the Maple Leafs could intensify the rivalry between the two franchises, particularly after the Leafs signed Tyler Bertuzzi last summer. 

As the free agency period approaches, DeBrusk's decision will be closely watched, potentially marking a significant addition to the Leafs' roster for the upcoming season.

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