How could the CH attract Dubois?

How could the CH attract Dubois?


This will undoubtedly be one of the most interesting topics of next summer around the Montreal Canadiens: does Pierre-Luc Dubois have a chance to wear the blue-white uniform- red? The rumors persist… 

The specialized site The Hockey News recalled Thursday that the hallway noises were numerous this season. Sportsnet network reporter Elliotte Friedman reported last week that the CH and the Winnipeg Jets had discussions during the campaign.

As raised by The Athletic site, everything will depend on Dubois' next contract. Unsure of his future, the Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts product agreed to a one-season pact for $6 million last summer. It will take a trade to bring the centerman to Montreal, who will become a restricted free agent.

In addition to concluding a trade with the Jets, the general manager of the CH, Kent Hughes, should offer a new contract to Dubois. This one should ask for more than last year, especially since he is having an excellent season. The 24-year-old is on his way to a career high, with 55 points in 61 games.

Obviously, the DG will have several contracts to distribute before looking into this case. Cole Caufield remains the most urgent file, but note also the possible agreements with Jonathan Drouin, Denis Gurianov and Sean Monahan. These three attackers could of course leave Montreal.

According to CapFriendly, the Canadian's payroll would be around $72.9 million next season, without Caufield's future contract. With Carey Price and his $10.5 million salary on the long-term injured list, Hughes has a good cushion. In addition, the salary cap could climb to $83.5 million in 2023-2024.

Dubois has been questioned about his interest in Montreal for some time. The Quebecer seems to like Winnipeg, but the return to the fold could attract him. Everything could depend on the end of the season of the Jets. The Manitoba roster holds the last Western Conference ticket to the National League playoffs, but the Nashville Predators and Calgary Flames aren't far behind.