3 players the Red Wings can sign from the Bruins in 2024 NHL free agency

The Detroit Red Wings could eye a few players on the Boston Bruins and steal them from their division rival in 2024 NHL free agency.
Dec 31, 2023; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Jake DeBrusk (74) handles the puck
Dec 31, 2023; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Jake DeBrusk (74) handles the puck / Brian Bradshaw Sevald-USA TODAY Sports
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The Detroit Red Wings could pick talent off of other non-playoff teams, but they should also factor in potential additions from organizations that always seem to be playing hockey in May. One team is the Boston Bruins, a division rival general manager Steve Yzerman would draw praise from the fan base for weakening if he were to take a player from them when free agency begins. 

While there is always a chance the three players listed below could re-sign and try to make another deep playoff run, there are always up-and-coming teams like the Red Wings who will develop the potential to go just as far. So perhaps they wouldn’t mind trading in the black and gold sweater for a red one this summer. 

We’ve talked about one player in the past who could jump from Boston to Detroit. But let’s discuss three others who could be in line to continue their respective careers elsewhere if the right deal comes along in July and they opt not to re-sign with the Bruins. 

Jake DeBrusk, LW

Last year, we saw Steve Yzerman pull off a sensational trade to bring in winger Alex DeBrincat, so perhaps a blockbuster splash in free agency would bring in another big-time forward, this one being Jake DeBrusk? Sure, the cap could be an issue here, but if Yzerman makes a few more transactions and clears more space, it’s not farfetched to believe DeBrusk could end up in Detroit. 

And what a sensational decision it would be to bring in the 27-year-old, as he could even provide a sound depth scoring option in the Motor City despite the top-six minutes DeBrusk often collected in Boston. 

He’s also a hitter who will move opponents out of the way if need be to break up plays and help his team regain puck possession. And given his track record in the scoring realm, DeBrusk has the potential to put up at least 20 goals per year. 

He finished fifth on the Bruins with 19 this season, and through 11 playoff games as of May 13th, DeBrusk has also picked up his game in the postseason, amassing nine points and five goals. This shows us how much the Red Wings would benefit from his hard play down the stretch - and they proved this past season that they need forwards and blueliners alike to display such urgency.