Report - Winnipeg Jets already discussing trade to send Pierre-Luc Dubois to Eastern Conference Team

Published March 27, 2023 at 1:30 PM

There are just some rumors that will never die, and this rumor has been floating around the NHL for years. Since the day that it became clear that the Columbus Blue Jackets were going to trade Pierre-Luc Dubois, he was immediately connected to his hometown team, the Montreal Canadiens. The rumor has been so persistent for years now, where there is smoke there is usually a fire of some sort, at least that's what Canadiens fans are hoping.

There's been no confirmation from Dubois about his interest in playing for the Canadiens, however, Hockey Insiders believe: it's the likeliest scenario.

«Dubois has a year left, and we all know how he feels,» said Elliotte Friedman during his latest 32 Thoughts podcast, «Things aren't working out in Winnipeg, Bowness was brought in to change the structure and challenge players. I look at this and the way it's going, and I just wonder if we're seeing the end of this group.»

The Jets are currently in the battle for their playoff lives, hanging onto the final Wild Card position in the Western Conference with a four point lead on the Calgary Flames.

Winnipeg has been playing .500 hockey in their last ten games. Their most recent outing was a 4-1 loss against the Los Angeles Kings. In his fourth season as a Jets player, PLD is relied on heavily by head coach Rick Bowness. He has scored 25 goals and 58 points in 66 games played while averaging 18:24 in ice time.

Dubois signed a one-year extension last summer which pays him $6 million in annual average salary. He'll be a restricted-free agent with arbitration rights upon the conclusion of his contract.

It has been rumored forever that Dubois has interest in playing in his home province, and according to Friedman, the two teams have probably spoken about fast-tracking the process.

«I think the Jets have talked to the Canadiens on and off about Dubois,»: said Friedman. «Is there some way, we know Dubois is going to end up there, 95 percent, is there some way we can make a deal so the Canadiens get him earlier and we get something we want?»

«They've talked about that, but haven't been able to make the deal,» explains Friedman.

It's a tough position for the Jets. It appears their star player doesn't want to be there and has his next destination in mind, limited the leverage the team can acquire. Canadiens' general manager Kent Hughes holds all the cards in this one. If the price becomes too significant, they can pull out of negotiations knowing they can get the player for free in one year.
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Report - Winnipeg Jets already discussing trade to send Pierre-Luc Dubois to Eastern Conference Team

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