With his trade request a thing of the past, Bruins wing Jake DeBrusk is only looking forward

DeBrusk completed with 25 targets after a sizzling 2nd part on the No. 1 line with Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron (“It wasn’t pretty at times,” he stated, “but we got there”). He signed a two-year extension ($4 million moderate annual price) simply earlier than the March trade closing date, whilst nonetheless hoping to be dealt.

After the Bruins’ season led to mid-May, DeBrusk stated he “hadn’t thought about” his long term with the staff. He sought after to take time to believe his long term. In June, after Cassidy was once pushed aside, the 25-year-old knowledgeable common supervisor Don Sweeney he sought after to stick.

“I think the biggest thing was the support I got from the guys in this room last year,” DeBrusk stated Tuesday. “It felt like there was a lot of stuff coming my way, for obvious reasons, and the guys in this room really kept it tight and kept it as one. That’s something I’ve always loved about this team. I’ve always loved the boys, and also the city and everything else. This is what I know. This is what I’m comfortable with. It wasn’t honestly that hard of a decision to make.”

Asked if Cassidy’s go out had the rest to do with him nixing his trade request, DeBrusk unquestionably didn’t say “no.”

“I mean, hey, it’s been speculated enough, I think,” he stated, with a smile. “I think you guys know how I see stuff. Obviously that’s an easy answer.

“But, it’s one of those things that we could talk and talk about — I respect that you guys, obviously your jobs are to ask those types of questions. Obviously it’s one of those things that’s kind of interesting — you can have lots of hot topics [about] the situation, even why I asked for a trade — but I am just looking forward to this year.

“I think I said that [after the trade deadline], I was looking forward to not having to answer those questions anymore. It’s one of those things that’s in the past. This whole summer’s been focused on getting right and getting ready for the season, and that’s kind of how I view that question.”

Now, he hopes his contract extension ends up in every other.

“I think everybody wants to [think] long-term when you play in a city like Boston,” stated DeBrusk, who is prone to get started the 12 months on a line with Bergeron and left wing Pavel Zacha. “Obviously you’ve got to earn that, right?”

Quick hits

• Former Bruins captain Zdeno Chara was spotted at Warrior Ice Arena on Tuesday, but apparently he was just seeing old friends, a Chara associate said. As of Tuesday, there was no Bruins deal in the works. Chara, 45, is said to be in no rush to decide his playing future.

Zdeno Chara visited Warrior Arena on Tuesday.John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

David Pastrnak, like David Krejci and Taylor Hall, had yet to report to camp. He also had yet to sign a contract extension. “We’d love that,” DeBrusk said. “I think he wants to, too. I haven’t talked to him in a little bit. I think he’s been icing me.”

Pastrnak is entering the last year of his bargain deal ($6.67 million annually)

• DeBrusk on Zacha, his potential new linemate: “I think he dipsey-doodled me last year and made a 360 pass to someone backdoor. That was a lovely dash.”

DeBrusk was referring to a February 2021 game where, during 4-on-4 play, the then-Devil received a pass and did a spin-o-rama around DeBrusk, getting open and scoring on a backdoor give-and-go with Andreas Johnsson. The “dash,” in hockey parlance, means a minus in DeBrusk’s plus-minus stats.

• One highlight play of Tuesday’s skate came from undersized defenseman Jack Ahcan. The left-shooting Ahcan was exiting the left side of the zone when he pulled the puck to his backhand and smoothly whipped a forceful cross-ice pass behind his back. His size (5-feet, 7-inches and change) means Ahcan may have to make those kinds of plays to be effective.

Undersized defenseman Jack Ahcan had the play of the day during Tuesday’s captain’s practice.Matt Slocum/Associated Press

Matt Porter can also be reached at matthew.porter@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter: @mattyports.

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