The timing is not ideal for this type of chronicle. But when it comes to a player like Pierre-Luc Dubois … Native of Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, the striker told the Blue Jackets his desire to play under other skies. Surprising from a rather reserved 22 year old boy.
The intention of the Dubois clan would have nothing to do with John Tortorella, his hot coach in Columbus. Pierre-Luc wants to win at least one Stanley Cup during his career. He has no fear of having to operate in a large market. Hypermedia is not a brake for him. His only prerogative, to join a team with ambitions equivalent to his.
Jarmo Kekelainen, boss of the Blue Jackets, watches over the destiny of an unmanageable club. After Sergei Bobrovski, Artemi Panarin and Matt Duchene, who left in 2019, the third total choice of the 2016 auction also wants to pack his bags.
Pierre-Luc Dubois is not a generational player. He is a formidable center who excels in all phases of the game and who will reign in the heights of the National League scorers for a long time. The bridge contract he has just signed will bring him 10 million over two years. That makes it even more enticing for a potential buyer.
Dubois will be 24 years old at the end of this agreement and will again be a restricted free agent. Its value is enormous.
More for the Canadian, who would enlist a large format center native from here, one of the few who, after having
played elsewhere, would be ready to dive into the pot of Montreal in the prime of life.
Danault and other assets
Now for the price. Kekelainen is rightly going to break the bank. Good thing, Marc Bergevin has everything the boss of the Jackets could want.
If Columbus offered Phillip Danault the type of contract that Marc Bergevin did not want to grant him. Something like 5.5 million for seven years. I could hardly see Phillip refusing. Let’s add some USA values to the “package”: Cole Caufield and, as you wish, Jordan Harris or Jayden Struble. The CH could even increase their offer with a second or third round pick in the upcoming draft or another asset from their training.
A structuring transaction that you unfortunately do not complete a few days before starting a condensed season of 56 games. Not when the expectations of your team are high and the pieces of the puzzle are in place. The chemistry is in the process of being created, it is important not to upset everything.
But you have to admit that seeing Pierre-Luc Dubois arrive in Montreal next summer, without it having cost Nick Suzuki or Jesperi Kotkaniemi … pure magic.
Let’s say Max Domi goes to Columbus like he did in his first season with CH. Let’s say Josh Anderson remains healthy, but does not reach the 15-goal mark in 56 games.
Kekelainen might be more inclined to dance with Marc Bergevin again. From here I see the Yves-François Blanchet Bloc coming back to the charge: “Touchons Dubois! “
Come on, have a good season and have sweet dreams!